Playing only one tournament in 2020, the 20-time Major champion Roger Federer is working hard on the practice court before returning in January. The Swiss competed at the Australian Open in January, reaching the semi-final after two tight victories but having nothing left in the tank against the eventual champion Novak Djokovic.
After that, Roger had to close the season, struggling with a knee injury and undergoing surgeries in February and May before deciding to call it a year and switch focus on 2021. At 39, Federer is eager to make another push like the one in 2017 and compete for the Major titles again.
Between the Australian Open 2017-18, Roger clinched three Major crowns and became world no. 1, staying among the world's best players in 2019. The previous season saw Roger winning four ATP titles, and it would have been even better had he converted two match points against Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final.
Greg Rusedski believes that Roger will not get more chances to fight for the Major titles once he returns, saying it should be challenging for the Swiss to leave that tight loss behind. In July last year, Novak Djokovic ousted Roger Federer 7-6, 1-6, 7-6, 4-6, 13-12 in four hours and 57 minutes, in what has been the longest Wimbledon final ever!
The Swiss won 14 points and four breaks more than the Serb, wasting those two match points at 8-7 in the decider and two more break chances at 11-11 to hand the victory to the Serb. Novak was there to fight and endure all the obstacles, overpowering both Roger and the crowd to lift the 16th Major trophy.
Roger Federer wasted two match points against Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon 2019.
Novak saved a break point in the opening set and claimed it in the tie break for an early advantage. The Swiss returned to his best in set number two, sprinting past the Serb 6-1 and gathering boost ahead of set number three.
Novak clinched it 7-4 after six errors from Roger in the tie break, moving closer to the finish line. After all kinds of drama in the deciding set and those match points saved, Novak was the favorite in the crucial tie break that he claimed 7-3 to wrap up the title and one of his most extraordinary victories ever.
It was the first deciding tie break in Wimbledon finals' history, with the Serb staying focused to cross the finish line and celebrate the 16th Major trophy. "Those match points against Djokovic at Wimbledon 2019 will be very tough to deal with for Roger.
That was his chance to get the 21st Major, and we have to wait and see if he can get the opportunity again. The upcoming generation is strong, and it should be interesting to examine what Roger can bring to the table at 39," Greg Rusedski said.