Even though he put forth a valiant effort, 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer failed to capture his 8th Wimbledon title on Sunday evening, as he lost 6-7 (7-9) 6-4 7-6 (7-4) 5-7 6-4 to Novak Djokovic in what was deemed an instant classic.
The disappointment was evident on Federer’s face following the loss, as a solitary tear could be seen climbing down his cheek as the inevitable truth sunk in. The final result may not have gone his way, but Federer still took many positives from his fortnight at Wimbledon.
“I’m very happy to see that I can produce a performance like I did the last two weeks,” said Federer.”That clearly makes me believe that this was just a stepping stone to many more great things in the future.”
While this was not the only dramatic Wimbledon final that Federer has had to go through during his numerous runs at the Championships over the past decade, it was a memorable affair, as well as the longest of the 35 matches that the two top competitors have ever played.
“It was a great match and I enjoyed being a part of it,” added Federer. “Winning or losing, it’s always something special in the Wimbledon final and something you’ll remember, even more so when the match was as dramatic as it was today. I’m very pleased with the way things went throughout the match. I thought it was a high-quality match and it was good stuff from both players.”
The future is bright for Federer, who takes comfort in the fact that while prospects and budding youngsters continue to break through on the tour, he is still one of the few that stands atop the pack.
“I think clearly we both walk away happy from here. I mean, him more happy than I am. But still, I’m happy overall.”