Federer rues 'missed opportunity' to win Wimbledon title

Roger Federer will be hoping for back-to-back wins over both Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon. He downed Nadal in four sets in the semi-finals and will meet Djokovic in the final

That was most apparent when Djokovic was booed when he went over to chair umpire Damian Steiner to discuss what he felt was a late Hawk-Eye challenge from Federer.

Besides the time, the final was also historic as it was the first to feature a tiebreak in the decider at 12-12.

Both players looked out on their feet after almost five hours of compelling combat but, as he had done in the day's two other tiebreaks, Djokovic held his nerve to crush Federer's dream of claiming a ninth title and becoming the oldest man to win a Grand Slam in the professional era.

The world's media chuckled at that last line of the English component of Federer's press conference but while he said it with a smile, it shows that, beyond the theatre of what he and Djokovic created, the tennis icon is simply gutted he couldn't leave London with the one thing he wanted most.

Djokovic has won their past five meetings and holds a 26-22 advantage overall head-to-head, including 10-6 at Grand Slam tournaments and 3-1 at Wimbledon.

In the semi-finals, Djokovic saved two match points against Federer to win in five sets.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were in the royal box to see the tennis stars compete.

The 32-year-old Serbian won back-to-back titles in 2014 and 2015.


"We know how strong Novak is, and has been for many, many years, as well", Federer said.

Djokovic has spent the best part of his career in pursuit of Nadal and Federer and attempting to seduce fans sceptical of his character.

"Hopefully in five years' time I can be hearing the same chants". "Novak, congratulations, man, that was insane", Federer said.

Djokovic is by far the most consistent of the "Big Three" at the Slams. I take motivation from different places, you know. What I said on the court, I really meant it: Roger really inspires me with his effort at his age. I guess when you were close. "In these kind of matches, you work for, you live for, they give sense and they give value to every minute you spend on the court training and working to get yourself in this position and play the match with one of your greatest rivals of all time", Djokovic said. It ended Djokovic's Grand Slam drought, with him having lost his three previous major finals.

With Djokovic serving at deuce at 11-11 in the fifth set, Federer opened himself up and lasered an inside-out forehand into the corner.

The world No. 1 riled spectators up again in that match by putting his hand behind his ear, asking the crowd if he could hear it after he won an electric 45-shot rally, and earlier put his finger to his lips to try and silence the haters.

"I thought I could have played better".

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