“Not To Give Them Too Much Emotional Importance”: Roger Federer Reveals the Method To Cope With Losses

Published 03/29/2021, 7:52 AM EDT
LONDON, ENGLAND: Roger Federer of Switzerland reacts following defeat in his Men’s Singles final against Novak Djokovic of Serbia during Day thirteen of The Championships – Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London, England. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)


Former World No. 1 Roger Federer has entertained fans for close to two decades. The accomplishments earned by him over these years have made it to record books, and he has dominated the tennis circuit for long durations. However, during his career, while he has enjoyed many wins, he has also suffered losses. 

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Recently, Roger Federer spoke on various aspects that surround losing. He states one must not give too much emotional importance to losses. One should reflect on the match, analyze and figure out what went wrong, and then try to fix the problem. A player shouldn’t ponder on their defeats for days on end, or else it becomes difficult to move on and focus on the future. 

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 20: Roger Federer awaits instructions during rain showers during his match on day one of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 20, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by James D. Morgan/Getty Images)

Roger Federer suggests not judging oneself after losses

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Federer stated, “It’s from my defeats that I’ve learned the most. The most important thing is not to give them too much emotional importance. Don’t judge yourself at all costs. Analyze 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 analyze very quickly. It helps me to move on.”

During his career, Roger has suffered emotional setbacks from losses at the Wimbledon final in 2008 and the Australian Open final in 2009. Both of these losses came against Nadal, his greatest rival on Tour. Speaking after the match in Melbourne in 2009, the Swiss star couldn’t hold back his tears and emotions got the better of him. 

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA: 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 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

However, with time, Federer has learned to cope with these setbacks. He faced a similar situation when he lost to Djokovic in the 2019 Wimbledon final. It was a difficult defeat for Roger to digest because he had two match points but failed to convert any and ended up losing the match. 

Currently, Federer is practicing in Dubai. He competed at the ATP Doha 2021 and lost in the second match he played. He returned to the Tour after a 13-month break. The eight-time Wimbledon champion suffered from a knee injury and required two surgeries last year, and he now intends to compete at the clay-court tournaments. 

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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