Roger Federer Continues Raising the Bar of His Embarrassing Record Post Qatar Open 2021 Loss

Published 03/12/2021, 7:35 AM EST
Roger Federer of Switzerland looks on during his Men’s Singles Quarterfinal match against Tennys Sandgren of the United States on day nine of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 28, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mike Owen/Getty Images)


Losing a match after having match points is one of the burdensome ways to see a defeat. That’s also how Roger Federer ended his Qatar Open campaign in the quarterfinals this year.

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After a sensational comeback win in his first match, the Swiss maestro played flawlessly, even against Nikoloz Basilashvili. But following the first set, he kept dropping his strength level.

However, the 39-year-old picked himself up in the decider set and gained a match point for the semifinals’ seat. Yet, as fate would have it, the 20-time Grand Slam champion could not convert that point into victory.

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Surprisingly, such a scenario has come the Basel-born player’s way on numerous occasions. The number of times he has lost after scrapping a match point is three times more than Rafael Nadal and eight times more than Novak Djokovic.

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How many times has Federer lost after having at least one match point?

Over two decades, Roger Federer has lost a match 24 times with a match point in hand. It includes three finals, seven semifinals, and so on.

Roger Federer of Switzerland looks on during his Men’s Singles Semifinal match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day eleven of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 30, 2020, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

The Swiss maestro losing to the Georgian professional 6-3, 1-6, 5-7 was his 24th entry on this dismal list. His first entry was in the 2000 Vienna semifinal against Tim Henman, losing two match points.

In terms of match points, Federer’s most expensive loss came against France’s Gael Monfils in 2005 Bercy; he wasted five points in that match. Also, he has lost most times against World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, having lost two match points on all three occasions.

Comparatively, Nadal and Djokovic have recorded eight and three such matches respectively in their career. Thus, they are both more known for their competitive spirit in tennis.

From here on, the road will be steep for Federer to play at his peak. Hopefully, he will be ready in time for the Wimbledon Championship this year.

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Where will Roger Federer play next?

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Federer was committed to playing the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, but he withdrew after the hard defeat in Doha. Previously, he also revealed that he would not be defending his Miami title this year.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 11: Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates a point against Kevin Anderson of South Africa during their Men’s Singles Quarter-Finals match on day nine of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 11, 2018, in London, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Moreover, the Swiss maestro repeatedly claimed that his primary target for the season is Wimbledon and Tokyo Olympics. Can Federer win the Wimbledon title this year?

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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