Gilles Simon Says ‘We Can’t Question Roger Federer’s Choices’ During Wimbledon 2019 Finals Against Novak Djokovic

January 24, 2021 11:17 am

Despite being the winner of 20 Grand Slam titles, Roger Federer has also suffered some heartbreaking defeats. Arguably the most agonizing loss of Federer’s career has to be losing to Novak Djokovic at the 2019 Wimbledon Final. The Swiss Maestro had two match points in the fifth set but failed to capitalize and eventually handed over the victory to Djokovic.

Roger Federer of Switzerland and Novak Djokovic of Serbia hold their trophies as they walk off Centre Court after the Men’s Singles Final during the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon in London, England.

Recently, Alize Lim invited former World No.6 Gilles Simon on the show Major Talk, where the latter talked about the epic 2019 Wimbledon final. Simon finds it amusing whenever he hears people saying Federer should have served and volleyed when he had two match points.

Simon defends Roger Federer

The French tennis star believes we shouldn’t question Federer’s decision-making ability in crucial moments and feels Federer has won multiple major championships by sticking to his instincts.

“I heard it so many times, ‘Why didn’t he serve and volley against Novak when he had his two match points?’ We’re not going to start questioning Federer’s choices in the important moments, are we? If anyone knows, it’s him…Federer doesn’t question it. He played his game. He’s won a lot of Slams by doing this.” said Simon, during the interview.

LONDON, ENGLAND:Novak Djokovic of Serbia shakes hands with Roger Federer of Switzerland at the net following victory in his Men’s Singles final during Day thirteen of The Championships – Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Serving at 8-7 in the fifth set, Federer had two match points against Djokovic. He scrambled the first opportunity by hitting the ball long, while in the second attempt, Djokovic made a great passing shot to deny Federer the point.

However, it wasn’t the first time Djokovic saved match points off Federer. During the 2010 and 2011 US Open semifinal, Federer had two match points against Djokovic on both occasions but failed to convert on either occasion.

In hindsight, if Federer had won the match, he would have clinched his 21st Grand slam title and his arch-rival Rafael Nadal would still have some catching up to do.

Kshitij Tayal

Kshitij Tayal is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. Based out of Delhi-NCR, he pursued his undergraduate degree in Electronics and Communications engineering. He has previously worked in the Business Development team at Zycus followed by a role of a Digital Marketer in a Gurgaon-based agency. Besides his passion for tennis, Kshitij is an avid reader and a fitness enthusiast.

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