Former tennis ace hails Roger Federer’s reaction after Novak Djokovic ‘broke’ rival


Roger Federer lost to Novak Djokovic in a thrilling Wimbledon final this year.

James Blake has praised Roger Federer’s ability to put bad results behind him after being ‘broken’ by Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon.

Djokovic and Federer broke all sorts of records in their epic final at Wimbledon this summer.

The match lasted a whopping four hours and 57 minutes, making it the longest singles final in Wimbledon history.

But Federer was unable to enjoy the occasion as Djokovic pipped him in the match tiebreak to win his 16th Grand Slam.

The Swiss tennis star admitted afterwards that the result was difficult to take.

However Blake, who retired in 2013, believes Federer’s ability to continue after that disheartening loss to Djokovic is a true indicator of the tennis legend’s greatness.

“Roger is one of the best I’ve ever seen at having a short memory and putting it behind him,” he told The Score.

“That one, for him to even admit that it kind of broke him a bit, you know how devastating that was.

“He and (Pete) Sampras are the two best I’ve ever seen with finishing a match – win or lose – and be done with it and worrying about the next one.”

Federer’s defeat to Djokovic clearly affected his confidence for a short while as he struggled in his first tournament after the Wimbledon loss at the Cincinnati Masters.

An injury curtailed his chances at the US Open, but the 38-year-old then returned to winning ways at the Swiss Indoors last month.

Federer tops an unwanted list in tennis at having lost the most ATP tournament finals in tennis history.

Despite that, the 20-time Grand Slam champion is still regarded as the greatest of all time as he continues to play at the top level late into his career.

Federer skipped the Paris Masters last week in order to best prepare for the season-ending ATP Finals.

He was drawn in the same group as Djokovic and begins his tournament on Sunday against Dominic Thiem.


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