In the last edition of the Masters 1000 in Monte Carlo, Dusan Lajovic managed to win a sensational final after beating the likes of David Goffin, Dominic Thiem and Daniil Medvedev. This year, however, the Serbian player lost in the first round to an excellent Daniel Evans, who was even able to beat Novak Djokovic in two sets in the round of 16.
In the post-match press conference, Lajovic was asked to describe the special emotions that only a tournament like Wimbledon can give you. The tennis player born in 1990 had the opportunity to face Roger Federer twice in his career; on both occasions the challenge was played right on the lawns of the All England Club.
In the two games against the Swiss, Lajovic lost three sets to zero, but in 2017 he went as far as the tie-break in the first set.
Lajovic talks about Roger Federer
"My favorite memory at Wimbledon is related to the two games played against Roger Federer on the Center Court, especially considering the incredible record he managed to achieve on this field," explained Dusan Lajovic.
“Sharing Wimbledon Center Court with Roger was one of the most amazing things that has ever happened to me. When you start playing, the environment is very quiet and the atmosphere is completely different than in other tournaments.
I have never expressed my best lawn tennis, but Wimbledon remains my favorite tournament. One of the first books they gave me was about the 1991 Wimbledon tournament. I think Michael Stich won that year. When I was little, I often read the book and looked carefully at the photos from the tournament.
The sensations I felt playing on Central Court were incredible. It's nice to relive the dreams I had as a child”. Remember that Federer, after the tournament played in Doha, should take the field at the Masters 1000 in Madrid, an event that he has won three times in the course of his career.
The uncertainty over where Roger Federer will play next continues to loom over tennis. Given that Federer is in search of decent match practice, the Swiss seems to still be assessing his options as the Tour embarks upon the clay swing.
Federer recently returned to the tour after being out for 14 months and is likely to play just one clay tournament in the run up to the French Open 2021. Mutua Madrid Open, Italian Open, ATP Geneva are some of the options for Federer, but reports suggest Mutua Madrid is off the table.