Roger Federer: My Semifinal Win Over Andy Murray Was One Of The Best Matches I’ve Played In My Career
by Tom Gainey | July 11th, 2015, 12:58 pm

Roger Federer has played and won over 1,000 matches in his career, but he says his 75, 75. 64 win over Andy Murray in the Wimbledon semifinals was maybe the best of his career.

“Today I was clearly able to play very well from the start,” Federer said. “The beginning was always going to be an important part of the game. I had to save breakpoint first, then I was able to start rolling on my serve. Played a great game to break. So, I mean, definitely one of the best matches I’ve played in my career. I don’t know, the first set, I don’t remember point by point, but it was definitely really, really solid.”

Federer continued his domination on the serve never getting broken against Murray, one of the best returners in the game.

“I served very well. I served a very high first-serve percentage plus going big. So definitely it was one of my best serving days of my career, for sure,” Federer said.

Murray agreed, “He served fantastic, apart from the first game where I had the chance there. Didn’t really have any opportunities. Then, you know, that puts pressure on you. The pressure builds throughout the set that way.”

Federer now gets World No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the final. The Serb beat Federer in the a 5-set final and also recently in the Indian Wells and Rome finals.

“It’s great to play Novak anywhere these days, you know, because he’s a great player,” Federer said. “He’s had great success, unbelievable success actually, throughout his career. But especially now the last few years, he’s been unbelievably dominant, especially on the hard courts, then he improved on the grass. On the clay, he’s one of the best, if not the best.

“He’s become very match-tough. He always shows up. It’s tough to beat him. You know, he’s been very injury-free. He’s been good for the game. For me, I don’t really think about the match we played against each other last year. I just remember it was unbelievably thrilling. The crowd really got into it.

“I’m just happy personally for myself to be back in a finals. Whoever that’s going to be against, it’s always a big occasion. That is Novak, the world No. 1, it obviously adds something extra.”

Federer leads Djokovic 12-11 but the two are dead even at 6-6 in Grand Slams.

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2 Comments for Roger Federer: My Semifinal Win Over Andy Murray Was One Of The Best Matches I’ve Played In My Career

Brando Says:

Cannot say I disagree when musing over all the years I have seen Fed play. Many commentators, legends of the game also believed it to be up there if not the best.

In this decade:

Really only FO SF 2011 performance rivals it, and i’d give this one the edge since Andy performed brilliantly and yet all he could strive for was survival and continuation of the match.

Federer was that darn good!

So the level of performance, being at peak pitch on all facets of the game, the opponent’s class, an opponent who brought his game to the party, the occasion and still to perform like that:

I would say best performance since 2003-2007, and definitely a contender for best Federer performance overall.

Tennis Fan Says:

Fed used to play like this all the time. We just havent seen this level of game for the last 4 yrs so it is amazing when he rolls it out again at age 34.

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