Novak Djokovic on first win over Roger Federer: 'He has to lose sometimes'

“He has to lose sometimes”

Novak Djokovic made his mark in 2007, reaching his first Major final and winning multiple Masters 1000 titles. Novak captured the first in Miami and added the second four months later in Montreal. The Serb wrote history books after becoming the first since Boris Becker to defeat the top three players in the world in Stockholm in 1994.

Novak defeated Andy Roddick in the quarterfinals and toppled Rafael Nadal in the semifinals to have the title fight against Roger Federer. Djokovic won his sixth ATP title 7: 6, 2: 6, 7: 6 in two hours and 13 minutes.

It was Novak’s first win over Roger in five games as he prevailed in the closing stages of sets one and three to lift the trophy. Federer had nine break points and converted five. He was broken three times but it wasn’t enough to emerge at the top after losing ground at crucial moments.

Novak Djokovic first defeated Roger Federer in Montreal in 2007.

The Swiss won two points more than the Serb thanks to the second set. He gave away six set points in the opening set, which probably cost him the title.

Federer broke 5-5 in the opening set and served for it in game 12. He wasted six set points to get Djokovic in contention ahead of the tiebreak. Novak had the momentum, winning 7-2 with a service winner for a massive boost.

Roger shifted into higher gear in the second set, grabbing breaks in games six and eight for a 6-2 in half an hour. Djokovic got off to a strong start in the deciding set and broke Federer in the first game. The Serb served well in the next three service games to open a 4-2 gap before the Swiss broke 4-4 in game eight.

The set went into a tiebreak and Novak played at a higher level to forge a 6-1 lead. Djokovic converted the second match point to start a big celebration of his first win over Federer. “It’s been a fantastic week for me and I’ve won my second notable title after Miami.

I should put Montreal on top considering I beat three top three players. It’s like a dream come true to face Roger Federer in the final and beat the mentally strongest player in two tie breaks. It’s normal to have ups and downs against the world no.

1 because he feels comfortable in every seat. Competing against Roger in an ATP Finals for the first time was a huge motivation for me. I tried to keep in touch and focus on every point because he seizes every opportunity. It’s a tremendous win for me and as I said at the ceremony, sometimes Roger has to lose.

The first set was crucial, we both wanted to win it. I got broken from 40-0 and you’re expecting World No. 1 to seal the set in the next. I did my best to put this game behind me and focus on the next one, retire and win it in the tiebreak.

The second set ended quickly and I had to regroup before the third set. I got an early break before Roger got it back 3-4, which should never have happened. In the end I prevailed and I’m thrilled,” said Novak Djokovic.

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