ROGER FEDERER REVEALS THE BEST AND WORST MATCHES OF HIS CAREER AHEAD OF RETIREMENT
The 20-time Grand Slam singles champion began his career on the ATP Tour in 1998 after becoming a junior Grand Slam champion at Wimbledon. He secured his first senior major title on the grass five years later but has chosen his performance in his fourth Grand Slam final as the best of his career. He felt that his 6-0 7-6 6-0 victory over Hewitt was perfect, helping him establish his place as the world’s top male tennis player.
Roger Federer has picked his straight-sets win over Lleyton Hewitt in the final of the 2004 US Open as the favourite match of his career. He said “I haven’t gone back to that and thought ‘let me look through the list,” Federer said when asked by Schett if there was one match in which he felt he played his best tennis.
“For me the US Open final against Leyton Hewitt, where I won 6-0 7-6 6-0, is special.
In the most heartbreaking defeat of his career, Federer chose the 2008 Wimbledon final against Rafael Nadal. Regarded as one of the great tennis matches of all time, the pair battled for close to five hours on Centre Court, with the Spaniard eventually emerging victorious over his great rival after taking a deciding set 9-7.
Federer: I was nervous packing for Laver Cup, Two tie-breaks and rain delays meant the match continued into deepening evening gloom, with Nadal falling to the floor in exhaustion and delight having secured his first Wimbledon title after his opponent drove a forehand into the net.
“Probably Wimbledon 2008,” said Federer about his most disappointing loss. “Just because of the way it ended in the darkness with Rafa.
“There was so much on the line. It needed a winner. And it went his way. And it was heartbreak.”