Tennis – Federer finished the 2019 season ranked behind his greatest rivals.
The 20-time Major winner Roger Federer turned 38 in August 2019 and was still the third-strongest link on the Tour behind Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. Despite his age, Federer was a contender for big titles in 2019, securing four crowns and standing a point away from a Major trophy at Wimbledon.
Roger was eager to keep that pace in 2020 and fight for more Major titles, which never happened following his knee issues. The Swiss kicked off 2019 with the Hopman Cup crown alongside Belinda Bencic before experiencing an early Australian Open loss to Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Federer bounced back with titles in Dubai and Miami and the Indian Wells final, feeling well on the court and embracing the clay swing for the first time in three years.
Roger Federer had a great run in 2019 and finished in the top-3 for the last time.
Roger reached the Roland Garros semi-final for the first time in years, facing his old rival Rafael Nadal and suffering a straight-sets loss.
Roger got his revenge at the All England Club. He beat Rafa in the Wimbledon semi-final before that epic clash with Novak, where he squandered two match points and lost in the deciding tie break! The Swiss was pleased with the season, lifting four ATP titles and reaching the semi-final at the ATP Finals for the 16th time in 17 appearances.
Federer stopped the clock in London and beat Djokovic for the last time. Roger lost 11 points in nine service games and kept the pressure on the other side. He took almost half of the return points and broke Djokovic three times from seven opportunities to control the lace and seal the deal in 73 minutes!
“If I can take home a big one, preferably like a Wimbledon, US Open or Olympics or Australian Open, whatever it may be, that would be amazing. I would love to win a Major crown again after the year I have had, playing well and feeling good physically.
I did not have any issues regarding my health; a little something at the US Open, little things here and there but not really worth mentioning. I had some great wins in 2019, like the one against Novak at the ATP Finals and against Rafa at Wimbledon.
I delivered some good tennis overall; the only thing missing was a Major. I want to change that in 2020 and will have to go back to the drawing board with my team,” Roger Federer said.