Roger Federer: ‘I beat Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic in 2019, it was a great year’

The 20-time Major winner Roger Federer turned 38 in August 2019 and was still the third-strongest link on the Tour behind Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. After almost 20 years on the Tour, Roger played with the same desire and determination to battle against much younger rivals. Unlike in the past two years, when he struggled with a knee injury and played only 19 matches, Federer was a contender for notable titles in 2019, securing four titles and standing a point away from a Major trophy at Wimbledon. At the end of the 2019 season, Roger was eager to keep that pace in the following season and fight for more Major titles, which never happened following his knee issues. The Swiss kicked off 2019 with the Hopman Cup crown alongside Belinda Bencic before experiencing an early Australian Open loss to Stefanos Tsitsipas. Federer bounced back with titles in Dubai and Miami and the Indian Wells final, feeling well on the court and embracing the clay swing for the first time in three years.

Roger Federer had a great run in 2019 and finished in the top-3 for the last time.

Roger reached the Roland Garros semi-final for the first time in years, facing his old rival Rafael Nadal and suffering a straight-sets loss. Roger got his revenge at the All England Club, beating Rafa in the Wimbledon semi-final before that epic clash with Novak, where he squandered two match points and lost in the deciding tie break! Overall, the Swiss was pleased with the season, lifting four ATP titles and reaching the semi-final at the ATP Finals for the 16th time in 17 appearances, hoping for more of the same in 2020. 

“If I can take home a big one, preferably like a Wimbledon, US Open or Olympics or Australian Open, whatever it may be, that would be amazing. Obviously, I would love to win a Major crown again after the year that I’ve had, playing really good and feeling good physically. I did not have almost any issues in terms of my health, a little something at the US Open, little things here and there but not really worth mentioning. In 2019, I had some great wins like that one over Novak at the ATP Finals, and against Rafa at Wimbledon, I delivered some good tennis overall, and the only thing that was missing was a Major. I want to change that in 2020 and will have to go back to the drawing board with my team,” Roger Federer said.

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