Novak Djokovic admitted today after his four-set loss to Roger Federer today at the Wimbledon semifinals, that the Swiss was simply the better player on the afternoon.
“No question about it, Roger was the better player,” said Djokovic. “In the important moments he was aggressive, hitting from both sides. That’s what you expect when you play against him in the final four of the Grand Slams. But I expected more from myself. I needed to be very consistent to win this match, and I wasn’t. I had ups and downs throughout. Unfortunately the one that lasted for 15, 20 minutes at the end of the third and beginning of the fourth cost me the win today.
“What I did badly today was my first shot after the serve. I missed a lot of those. If you play the first shot defensively you are on the back foot and have very little chance to win the point.”
But Djokovic then revealed that he has been battling an illness the last week.
“I had a bad last couple of day,” he said. “”Last five, six days I wasn’t feeling great. But I don’t want to talk about it now. I lost the match, not for the first or last time. I lost to a great champion, somebody who has the most Grand Slams in the history of the sport. I regret that I didn’t play as well as I thought I would, but life goes on. This is sport. I have to move on.”
If Federer goes on to win on Sunday, Djokovic will lose his No. 1 ranking to Roger.
“If he wins and becomes No. 1, it’s going to be well deserved,” Djokovic said. “He’s played fantastic this year. He’s been so consistent. If he wins, he wins. There’s nothing I can do about it. The best player will win this tournament. I’m out.”
With his Madrid exhibition with Rafael Nadal now cancelled do due Rafa’s knee, Djokovic will now enjoy a few weeks of rest before returning to Wimbledon for the London Olympics.
“It’s been a long five, six months for me. I didn’t have much rest,” said Djokovic. “Now I’m going to take some time off and really try to keep my mind off tennis. Then of course, coming back to Olympics, which I’m looking forward to.
“The Olympic Games are pinnacle of all sports. I’m really looking forward to playing here and see how it looks during the Olympic Games, how the grass will look, as well. [I will] try to enjoy every single moment of it.”
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