Roger Federer: 'Novak Djokovic was the better man in Wimbledon final'

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Roger Federer: 'Novak Djokovic was the better man in Wimbledon final'

Roger Federer looked back to his Wimbledon final loss to Novak Djokovic. The Swiss player, who met reporters on Friday at the US Open, commented on how he recovered from it: “I struggled a little bit the first couple of days but at the same time I was caravanning with my kids so I didn’t have that much time thinking about all the missed opportunities.

I was setting up tables and organising my life for my four children and driving around the beautiful countryside in Switzerland. Sometimes you have flashbacks and think, ‘Oh I could have done that, should have done that’ and then next day you have a glass of wine with your wife and you’re thinking, ‘Actually semis was pretty good, even the finals was very good.’ So you go in phrases but it took maybe a couple of days to get those sort of things out of the system as it takes with everything."

Federer continued: “Then the first couple of days back playing tennis as well you have a few flashbacks but overall I think if I look back I’m very happy I was part of such an entertaining match as well because we are in the entertainment [industry] as well.

The crowd paid big money to be apart of this match and I was part of the main show with Novak and we put up a great fight and somebody had to win. Novak was the better man on the day. It was tough but I’ve been there before.

I’ve had some tough losses along the way and so many great wins as well so I was just more upset rather than being sad and I thinking being upset helped me get over the final much easier than being sad, dwelling on it too much.

I’ve had a great run through the clay, on the grass as well, that I wasn’t going to be too down on myself and I hope it is going to help me here”. Federer won his US Open first round on Monday against Sumit Nagal, the Indian qualifier. He lost the first set 4-6 but won the match 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4.