Roger Federer will retire at the Laver Cup this weekend, ending his glorious career after failing to recover from a long-standing knee injury. Roger has struggled for almost three years, undergone three surgeries and has not been able to compete without injury.
We recently learned that despite reaching his 31st and final Major final, Federer wasn’t feeling comfortable at Wimbledon 2019 either. Roger had a huge chance to win the 21st Major title by outplaying Novak Djokovic and serving two match points in the deciding set.
Nevertheless, the Swiss missed his chances and experienced a 7-6, 1-6, 7-6, 4-6, 13-12 in four hours and 57 minutes. Rogers coach Ivan Ljubicic believes that his student wouldn’t quit if he won the title, he still feels competitive and eager to extend his career.
Federer won 14 points more and delivered four extra breaks compared to Djokovic. Roger delivered 40 more winners than Novak and had those two match points on serve and two break chances on return at 11-11 in the final set.
It wasn’t to be for the Swiss as the Serb overcame all obstacles to reach all three tie breaks and come out on top in a historic battle. Novak secured match points 7-8 in the final set and laid nerves of steel to celebrate the 16th major crown.
Djokovic failed to create a break point in the first three sets and he was still leading 2-1 after securing both tiebreaks! Federer had six errors in the third set tie-break and rebounded with a better performance in the fourth set to force a decider.
Novak saved those two match points on the return at 7-8 and prevailed in game 23 to stay in touch and set up the first crucial match tiebreak in the Wimbledon final.
Roger Federer resigns in London this week.
Djokovic secured the title 7: 3 and thus one of his most extraordinary victories of all time.
Federer matched the last ball in 29 of 33 points in all three tiebreaks, leaving Novak with three winners and one forced error! On the other hand, an eight-time champion counted six service winners and five from the court.
He spoiled all of that with a massive 13 unforced errors and five that Novak forced. As in the rest of the encounter, there were tie-breaks on Roger’s racquet but he failed to deliver his best tennis when it mattered most, spraying 17 more errors than the stable Serb and finding himself on the losing side.
“Roger has never looked for a reason to retire and stop playing. He’s always wanted to compete, win or lose; It’s His Life lost to Tommy Haas at Roland Garros in 2009 and changed history.
I don’t think Roger would stop if he had won Wimbledon three years ago. He was still competitive and never looked for a reason to stop,” said Ivan Ljubicic.