As terrible as the choke was....

mandy01

G.O.A.T.
Why is Federer even having to defend his legacy right now? At frigging 38? Do tennis authorities not see the crisis here?

It almost feels as though the rise in prize money has led to a decline in motivation. You collect a great pay check for making the Quarters, go home, chill.
Where is the drive?
 

zvelf

Hall of Fame
Why is Federer even having to defend his legacy right now? At frigging 38? Do tennis authorities not see the crisis here?

It almost feels as though the rise in prize money has led to a decline in motivation. You collect a great pay check for making the Quarters, go home, chill.
Where is the drive?
Any top 10 player would give up the cash winnings of a major to take home the trophy by winning it outright. No way is the prize money destroying the motivation.
 

icedevil0289

G.O.A.T.
Why is Federer even having to defend his legacy right now? At frigging 38? Do tennis authorities not see the crisis here?

It almost feels as though the rise in prize money has led to a decline in motivation. You collect a great pay check for making the Quarters, go home, chill.
Where is the drive?
yeah all the people acting like this is what fed will be remembered for, i'm like you kidding me?
 
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The guy’s legacy is secured but djokovic winning a couple of more slams and he could be up there with Federer.
I agree. Federer can only improve his legacy now, but he just missed a chance to really separate himself with a win over Djokovic in a Wimbledon final at 38 years old.
 

Jokervich

Hall of Fame
He's having to defend his legacy because Djokovic and Nadal are better players than him and it's only a matter of time before both of them surpass his slam count. The only question is who will surpass him first.
 

Raul_SJ

G.O.A.T.
Fed's serve is still deadly at age 38. Maybe someone can compare his serve stats from 10 years ago. Don't think he has lost much, if anything, on his serve. Of course he has lost a step but the number of aces/unreturnables and weak replies are still high.

In fact, I can't recall Fed serving any better than he did in the Final. Against the best returner Djok no less.
Absolutely brilliant serving.
Which is why the fact that he could not close it out at 40-15 is all the more shocking.
IIRC, Fed never even faced a break point in the entire first 2 sets... And then he proceeds to lose 4 straight on his serve at 40-15?

Djok is 9-2 against Fed in Slam matches since 2010. Must respect that. Djok knows how to get it done.

Amazing turnaround for Djok since that 2009 U.S. Open "tweener" loss to Fed.

 
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DSH

G.O.A.T.
Fed's serve is still deadly at age 38. Maybe someone can compare his serve stats from 10 years ago. Don't think he has lost much, if anything, on his serve. Of course he has lost a step but the number of aces/unreturnables and weak replies are still high.

In fact, I can't recall Fed serving any better than he did in the Final. Against the best returner Djok no less.
Absolutely brilliant serving.
Which is why the fact that he could not close it out at 40-15 is all the more shocking.
IIRC, Fed never even faced a break point in the entire first 2 sets... And then he proceeds to lose 4 straight on his serve at 40-15?

Djok is 9-2 against Fed in Slam matches since 2010. Must respect that. Djok knows how to get it done.

Amazing turnaround for Djok since that 2009 U.S. Open "tweener" loss to Fed.



Actually, it was the first 3 sets, Djokovic had his first break points in the fourth set when Federer was serving 5 to 2 to take the set. Djokovic broke his service but the Swiss, eventually, tied the game at that time.
 

Rhino

Legend
"Choke" is an overused word in tennis. Federer was more or less behind the entire match until that game when he could've served it out.

Compare it to John McEnroe in the 1984 French Open final. McEnroe won all but three matches that year [his record standing at 82-3] and won 13 singles titles. Lendl who was 24 years old in 1984, had never won a major.

McEnroe won the first sets 3 and 2. He was dominating for the first two hours. Then he got distracted by a camera man or something and dropped the third set. No big deal. He goes up a break, gets to 4-2 in the 4th. Check out the mistakes he made to lose the fourth set.
Then In the sixth game of the 5th set, McEnroe held break points against Lendl. More mistakes, he loses the match.

He never goes on to play in another FO final. The loss still keeps him awake at night sometimes. At least Federer already has 8 Wimbledons and he's 38 years old, so he actually exceeded everybodys expectations to even get that far.
 
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