Two years ago, Roger Federer suffered one of the toughest losses of his glorious career against Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon, wasting two match points in a 7-6, 1-6, 7-6, 4-6, 13-12 loss after four hours and 57 minutes! No matter how tough was to accept it, Roger said that he left the painful defeat behind him within 30 minutes or an hour, moving towards new challenges and not thinking about the past.
Federer recently revealed that the people still ask him about this loss, like he thinks about it almost two years later. Federer won 14 points more than Djokovic in that epic title match at the All England Club, scoring four breaks more than the defending champion and wasting two match points on serve at 8-7 in the decider.
The Serb delivered the steel nerves in all three tie breaks to grab the 16th Major title, failing to create a break chance two hours and 15 minutes since the start of the match and still leading two sets to one!
Roger Federer doesn't think about his losses for too long.
In the first set tie break, Federer led 5-3 before dropping four straight points to hand it to Djokovic, who hit no winners or errors and allowed Roger to make mistakes and ruin everything he was building in the previous 55 minutes.
The Swiss quickly left this setback behind him, storming over the Serb to grab the second set 6-1, standing as the better player in the third as well but wasting a break chance that installed the second tie break. Novak clinched it 7-4 after Roger's six errors, four in an unforced area from the backhand wing that cost him a slow start and the better finish.
After all kinds of drama in the deciding set and survived games 16 and 23, 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. "Fans talked to me about that defeat for weeks on the internet.
And it still happens to me. I think, 'What are they still thinking about?' But I understand. The most important thing is not to give them too much emotional importance. Don't judge yourself at all costs. Analyze and understand.
You can do this alone or by talking with others to get them out of the disappointment. Some people think for days and nights about the mistakes they made. I chose to analyze very quickly; it helps me to move on. When I was young, I wasn't even angry when I lost, but extremely sad.
I couldn't think straight. Now I only need half an hour to recover from a defeat, maybe an hour if it's the Wimbledon final," Roger Federer said.