Roger Federer has revealed the one question he continuously gets asked by supporters and it involves one of his long-term rivals Novak Djokovic. Federer is hoping to cement his place as the greatest tennis player of all time but there is one moment in his career which still haunts fans.
One of the most agonising defeats of the Swiss star’s career came in the 2019 Wimbledon final against Djokovic.
Federer spurred two Championship points as the match went to a fifth-set tiebreak.
World No 1 Djokovic dug in deep to win the blockbuster finale and claw back some of the deficit to Federer’s Grand Slam tally.
Federer has not won a major tournament since and fans remain curious about how he will bounce back.
“Fans talked to me about that defeat for weeks on the internet,” Federer told Numero Homme magazine. “And still today it happens to me.
“I think, ‘What are they still thinking about?’ But I understand.”
Federer has become an expert and not dwelling on defeats and he explains how he got over the dramatic loss.
“The most important thing is not to give them too much emotional importance,” he added.
“Don’t judge yourself at all costs. Analyse and understand. You can do this alone, or by talking with others to get them out of the disappointment.
“Some people think for days and nights about the mistakes they made. I chose to analyse very quickly. It helps me to move on.
“When I was young, I wasn’t even angry when I lost, but extremely sad. I couldn’t think straight.
“Now I only need half an hour to recover from a defeat, maybe an hour if it’s the Wimbledon final.”
Federer sat out of the majorty of last season because he underwent surgery on a knee injury.
The 39-year-old returned to action at the Qatar Open earlier this month where he lost to Nikoloz Basilashvili in the quarter-finals.
Federer has returned to Switzerland to continue his recovery ahead of the clay season.