Cherishes Perfect Point In 2008 Wimbledon Final
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[May 30, 2014]
PARIS (Reuters) - Of all the perfect
points Roger Federer has played in his stellar career, the 17-times
grand slam champion singled out one from possibly one of his harshest
defeats - the 2008 Wimbledon final.
Asked by French sports daily L'Equipe on Friday to pick the
landmark moments in his career, the Swiss chose two memorable
points, mentioned the day he cried after a defeat, revealed the day
he had most doubts and the time he would like to relive.
"I have two (perfect points). The match point I saved in 2008
against Rafa (Nadal) at Wimbledon (in the final). It wasnít the shot
itself but the importance it had in the match, as it allowed me to
survive until a fifth set," he said.
"It was this point, this shot, which gave the match a mythic
quality. The second is the one I hit through my legs against Brian
Dabul in the first round of the U.S. Open in 2010. It was lovely
shot, perfect and difficult to do because I was long way from the
But the defeat that hurt him most was not the 2008 Wimbledon final.
"I was really inconsolable in 2000 after my defeat by Tommy Haas in
the semi-finals of the Olympic Games in Sydney. When I lost I curled
up in a corner like a child for a long time," Federer said.
"I could not stop crying. That defeat marked me. I lost the next day
against (Frenchman) Arnaud di Pasquale and again I wept the whole
day. But that night I met Mirka (now his wife) and kissed her for
the first time."
Federer has not reached the final of a grand slam since his
Wimbledon triumph two years ago and has slipped to world number
The Swiss maestro also revealed his self-doubts last year.
"After Gstaad ... I couldnít get my physical condition back. I had
injured myself at Hamburg playing soccer and my back was giving me
problems. It was intense moment because I didnít know whether my
back would hold up."
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Going back through the years, Federer stopped the clock in 2001 to
recall the day he beat Pete Sampras at the All England Club.
"The day I beat (Pete) Sampras at Wimbledon in 2001 (in the last
16). I donít know how but on match point I knew he was going to
serve wide," he said.
"I waited, and he didnít hit the serve perfectly. I was on the ball
and just needed to make good contact. I hit my return very well and
he couldnít get to it. Winning that match was quite a thing. It was
huge. Those five seconds I would like to relive."
(Reporting by Robert Woodward; Editing by Julien Pretot)
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