Roger Federer admits he still gets asked about his defeat to Novak Djokovic in the 2019 Wimbledon final, but it no longer bothers him.
Federer looked to be on the verge of winning a 21st major when he earned two match points on centre court in the deciding set of the match.
Djokovic, though, was able to summon all of his famed mental strength to not only save those match points but go on and win the match.
It was probably, at first glance at least, the toughest defeat Federer has ever had to face, but he says he has never allowed himself to be especially hurt by it.
“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.”
“The most important thing is not to give [defeats] too much emotional importance. 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.”
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