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 been wrestling for almost three years, had three surgeries and was unable to compete without getting injured.
We recently discovered that Federer was not feeling well even at Wimbledon 2019, despite reaching his 31st and final Major final. Roger had a great opportunity to claim the 21st Major title, beating Novak Djokovic and earning two match points on serve from him in the decider.
Still, the Swiss squandered his chances and went 7-6, 1-6, 7-6, 4-6, 13-12 in four hours and 57 minutes. Roger’s trainer Ivan Ljubicic believes his student would not retire if he had won the title, he still feels competitive and eager to extend his career.
Federer won 14 more points and delivered an additional four breaks compared to Djokovic. Roger delivered 40 more winners than Novak and had those two match points on his serve and two break chances on the return at 11-11 in the final set.
It wasn’t for the Swiss, as the Serb overcame all odds to clinch all three tiebreaks and emerge on top in a historic battle. Novak saved match points at 7-8 in the final set and produced nerves of steel to celebrate his 16th Major crown.
Djokovic failed to create a break point in the first three sets, yet still led 2-1 after securing both tiebreaks! Federer made six errors in the third set tiebreak and recovered with a better performance in the fourth 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 introduce the first tiebreak decider in the Wimbledon final.
Roger Federer will retire this week in London.
Djokovic claimed it 7-3 to close out the title and one of his most extraordinary wins.
Federer hit the last ball on 29 of 33 points in the three tiebreaks combined, leaving Novak with three game winners and a forced error! Instead, an eight-time champion had six winners and five from the floor.
He blew all of that with a massive 13 unforced errors and five forced by Novak. As in the rest of the match, the tiebreaks were on Roger’s racket, but he failed to deliver his best tennis when it mattered most, making 17 more errors than the stable Serb and finding himself on the losing end.
“Roger never looked for a reason to retire and stop playing. He has always wanted to compete, win or lose; it is his life. There were painful losses, like the 2019 Wimbledon final and the 2009 US Open. Also, he could have lost to Tommy Haas at Roland Garros 2009 and changed history.
I think Roger wouldn’t stop if he had won Wimbledon three years ago. He was still competitive and never looked for a reason to quit,» said Ivan Ljubicic.