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Federer Beaten by Djokovic But Calls Loss Insignificant

Published: August 14, 2007 (Issue # 1297)



  • Roger Federer following his loss to Novak Djokovic in Montreal on Sunday.
    Photo: Reuters

MONTREAL Roger Federer described his defeat by Novak Djokovic in the Montreal Masters final on Sunday as insignificant overall, but admitted the Serb had deserved to win his second Masters Series title.

The world number one was left to rue six missed set points in the opening set as Djokovic, who will rise to third in the world rankings on Monday, became the first man to beat the Swiss and Rafael Nadal in the same tournament.

The goal was to win Wimbledon, Federer told reporters. Done that. Then, try to stay number one in the world. It would have helped to have won today but you cant have it all.

Looking at the U.S. Open, and down the road, the Masters, theres still a long way to go. I cant start being disappointed about just one match.

With a break in the second game, Djokovic raced to a 3-0 lead but he was pegged back to 3-3 and Federer looked odds on to win the set when he led 6-5, 40-0 on his own serve.

But a couple of loose shots, combined with some free hitting from Djokovic handed the break back and the Serb then played inspired tennis to win the tiebreak.

Federer won the second set thanks to two breaks, but after hauling himself back from 4-2 down in the third, he lost the deciding tiebreak to give Djokovic the title.

I was pleased that I came back in the second set, Federer said.

But I couldnt play freely from the baseline because I was always in a tough situation whereas against the other players I was able to get a break ahead. (Today) I could never really breathe.

It was not too bad a performance -- but there were too many ups and downs and then I totally missed my chances when I had them.

Djokovics win over Andy Roddick, who began the week as the world number three, and his subsequent victories over the worlds top two made him the first man since Boris Becker in Stockholm in 1994 to beat the top-three ranked players at the same tournament.

Federer said he expected Djokovic to be a force at the U.S. Open later this month.

Hes been able to back it up basically for a year now, Federer said. This might be a breakthrough tournament.





 


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Sunday, Dec. 21


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