Roger Federer: ‘I lost Wimbledon final to Novak Djokovic and slept in camper’

Two years ago, the 20-time Major champion Roger Federer suffered one of the most brutal losses of his glorious career against Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon. The Swiss squandered two match points in a 7-6, 1-6, 7-6, 4-6, 13-12 defeat after an epic four hours and 57 minutes and the most extended All England Club final in history! Federer won 14 points more than Djokovic in that thrilling title match, scoring four breaks more than the defending champion and wasting two match points on serve at 8-7 in the decider that went down to the wire. Novak produced nerves of steel in all three tie breaks to lift the 16th Major title, failing to create a break chance in the opening two hours and 15 minutes and still standing on a positive side! Federer led 5-3 before dropping four straight points to hand the opening set’s tie break to Djokovic, who hit no winners or errors in those ten points.

Roger Federer slept in a camper the night after that epic 2019 Wimbledon final.

The Swiss quickly left this setback behind him, storming over the Serb to grab the second set 6-1 and standing as a better player in the third before wasting a break chance ahead of another tie break. Novak clinched it 7-4 after Roger’s six errors, four in an unforced area from the backhand wing, which cost him a slow start and a more reliable finish. After all kinds of drama in the deciding set and a grand escape in games 16 and 23, Novak was the favorite in the crucial tie break and claimed it 7-3 to wrap up the title and one of his most extraordinary victories ever. Like it was not enough for Roger, he spent that night in a camper with the rest of his family, as his four children insisted on sleeping in it before taking a road trip through the Appenzell on the following day. The veteran wished to spend the night in a more comfortable bed after battling on the court for five hours, but his kids would not let him go, and he had no other option but to stay in a camper. 

“The kids were so excited about our road trip, and they wanted to sleep in it camper the night before we left. I just thought, ‘Oh, no. Please do not! I just want to go to my bed!’ No question who got the upper hand. Even after the historic five-hour crime thriller, the children had no mercy on their dad. So, there were six of us spending the night in a camper,” Roger Federer said.

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