Roger Federer opened up on one of the toughest losses of his career, the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games' semi-final match against the German Tommy Haas. It was Federer's first appearance at the Games. The Swiss, speaking with L'Equipe, said: "When I lost, I went into a corner like a kid.
I could not stop crying. That loss marked me. The day after I had to play for the bronze against (Arnaud) Di Pasquale but I was crying and crying. But that day I met Mirka and I kissed her for the first time." Federer also spoke about what makes Rafael Nadal so great: "The amount of spin he was able to bring to the game, the physicality and the movement on clay, especially, I think is unmatched really.
And he's just a champion. From the beginning, I played him when he was coming up in Miami, and it was easy to tell that he was probably going to win at least a French Open if not more." Novak Djokovic shared how he manages to prevail over Federer or Nadal.
The Serb said: "In these particular matches and circumstances, mental strength probably plays the most important role. In winning those matches, you need to be able to find that inner strength, mental, physical, emotional, especially when you're down in the finals and when you're playing a top rival. There's a lot of things that can influence your state of mind."