Former world 62 Somdev Devvarman has revealed that he never felt comfortable playing against 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer. Devverman, who has been retired for a couple of years now, played Federer twice during his career.
The first meeting against Federer came at the Dubai event in 2011 and then the Swiss claimed a 6-3 6-3 win. Two years later, Federer and Devvarman met at the French Open and the Swiss earned a 6-2 6-1 6-1 win. "A lot of it [comfort level playing against an opponent] is match-up based,” Devvarman told Moneycontrol.
“For me it was always really hard to feel comfortable on a court against Roger. The other guys [Nadal and Djokovic] allowed me to play a little more. They would attack a little less and allow you to feel comfortable, but they’d still have the same result.
“Just that when you are playing Novak, and if it’s a tight point, you have a feeling he’s not going to miss, and if you feed him a short ball he’s going to make you pay. All of these guys have the ability to do that, they just do it in different ways”.
Devvarman speaks on Djokovic's dominance
On Sunday, Djokovic beat Matteo Berrettini in the Wimbledon final to lift his 20th Major. When asked what players needed to do to defeat Djokovic, Devvarman said: "Guys have come close.
(Dominic) Thiem at the Australian Open last year, (Stefanos) Tsitsipas at the French Open this year. (Matteo) Berrettini won the first set [in the Wimbledon final]. It’s about keeping up that same level of intensity, focus, belief and execution over a long period of time.
That’s where Novak makes them pay. If they lose concentration even for five minutes, or even a few seconds, they could go a break down. Novak keeps knocking on the door and asks really, really tough questions, and often times, he’s the only one with the answer”.