Roger Federer: 'Unbelievable rallies from the baseline'

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Roger Federer: 'Unbelievable rallies from the baseline'

Novak Djokovic's triumph at Roland Garros further narrowed the gap between the Serbian and eternal rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the all-time Grand Slam standings. The number 1 in the world has in fact risen to 19 Major, just one distance away from the Swiss and the Spanish.

This year’s ride in Paris was undoubtedly one of the most exciting of Nole’s entire career, capable of making two sets of Stefanos Tsitsipas in the last act. The 34-year-old from Belgrade will hardly forget the semi-final against Nadal, having inflicted on the Majorcan what was just his third overall defeat in the Ville Lumiere.

At the French Open there was also Federer, who reached the round of 16 with good performances. However, his choice to withdraw from the tournament before the match with Matteo Berrettini generated mixed reactions. Some insiders have in fact accused him of having downplayed the importance of the French Grand Slam.

In a press conference after the debut in Halle, King Roger said he took a look at the final stages of the tournament.

Roger Federer on the Roland Garros semifinal

"I saw some of it (Novak Djokovic vs Stefanos Tsitsipas), I didn't watch the whole match but you know I also saw the same amount of the semis against Rafael Nadal, which was great tennis you know, unbelievable rallies from the baseline," Roger Federer said.

The Swiss also hailed Djokovic for an "incredible victory" against Tsitsipas in the final, where the Serb fought back from a two-set deficit. "Great win by Novak to get over the line there, two tough matches you know, and a couple of weeks as well from Belgrade before, don't forget he played there," Federer said.

"So that was an incredible victory for him. I thought that Tsitsipas played a great match too personally from what I saw because you know nerves are high, tough as they come these finals against Novak and then to be two sets to love, looking at seeing the finish line obviously is nice but tricky at the same time," Federer said.

"This whole group have announced themselves now, they can win Slams, they can win 1000s, and they can win almost any tournament they play," Roger Federer said. "And this is why you see now there is no fluke on the tour.

For me they are great players on all surfaces really." Wimbledon 2017 was just the second time Federer had won a Grand Slam without dropping a set. Earlier he had won the 2007 Australian Open title without dropping a set.

It was during this tournament that Federer faced Djokovic for the first time at a Grand Slam. Federer was the last person to not drop a set en route to a title in Melbourne.