- 14 Jul 2019
Roger Federer said he would “try to forget” his Wimbledon final defeat to Novak Djokovic after failing to take two match points.
The eight-time champion fell agonisingly short of a ninth title, losing 7-6 (7-5) 1-6 7-6 (7-4) 4-6 13-12 (7-3) on Centre Court on Sunday in the longest final in history at the All England Club.
At 8-7 in the deciding set, Federer led 40-15 on his own serve but could not see out victory.
The match became the first Wimbledon final to go to a tie-break at 12-12 in the decider before Djokovic claimed his fifth championship after four hours and 57 minutes.
Federer said: “I will try to forget, but it was a great match.
“It was long, it had everything. I had my chances; so did he. I thought we played some great tennis.
“I’m very happy with my performance. But Novak, that was great, congratulations man, that was crazy.”
“At 37, it’s not over yet!”
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 14, 2019
Federer, 37, will regret that 16th game of the final set for a long time, but his longevity continues to amaze.
He suggested this will not be his final challenge for a 21st grand slam triumph, even though he turns 38 next month.
“I hope I give some other people a chance to believe that at 37 it’s not over yet,” said the Swiss.
“I feel great. It’s going to take some time to recover, physically too. But I gave it my all, I’m still standing, and I wish the same for all the other 37-year-olds.”
His family came out to see the presentations, and Federer said: “They won’t be excited with the plate [the prize for finishing runner-up]. They’d rather take that golden thing. I love them. It’s back to being Dad and husband, it’s all good.”