Roger Federer’s pursuit of a 21st Grand Slam singles title will have to wait a little longer. Despite winning 36 games in this year’s Wimbledon Final, he was defeated by Novak Djokovic.
Speaking to the on-court after the match, Federer made it clear that he intends to put this in his rearview mirror. When asked what he thought about the historic game, he responded “I’ll try to forget,” to which the crowd roared laughing.
Though Federer may do his best to forget the game, it’s unlikely that any tennis fans will for a long time.
This year’s Wimbledon Final was the longest ever, going a whopping five hours and surpassing the length of the Final Federer won over Andy Roddick in 2009.
Unfortunately, Federer found himself on the losing side this time around, falling 13-12 (7-3) on the final set.
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Federer’s 36 games won in defeat are the second-most by a losing player in Wimbledon history behind Roddick’s 39 from the 2009 tournament.
The loss to Djokovic is a setback in his storied career, but the U.S. Open isn’t too far off. Chances are we’ll see Federer making another strong effort to win that 21st grand slam title.