Roger Federer was asked if the ghost of his Wimbledon final loss to Novak Djokovic wasting two match points disappeared after beating the Serb on Thursday in London. "They were never really there", replied the Basel native.
"There was some press guys that made that up. So from my standpoint, I also didn't know I hadn't beaten him in a few years, actually. Didn't feel that way because it was so close in Paris and in Wimbledon against him.
I realized I hadn't beaten him since my knee operation. I heard that today. I don't know if that was good to know or not, but anyway, I found out. And then, yeah, I felt like I was going to have my chance, to be quite honest.
I knew when I explained myself after the first round against Thiem, first rounds are never easy. If you make a comparison of how I clocked my serves today compared to the first round, it's just day and night, but that's how it goes.
I'm just happy at the level I could play today, and obviously it's always special beating Novak, even more so of what happened, but I didn't feel like I had to get rid of the ghosts or anything like that. I feel like I moved on pretty quickly after that. I have been playing very well this season, and I think this victory proves that today."