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Roger Federer opens up about his best tennis moments!

Jai Prakash
2.78K   //    31 May 2014, 16:50 IST
Roger Federer

Roger Federer has played many a great shots during the course of his illustrious career so far. The master has chosen that ‘one’ shot which he believed was truly magical.

Federer was asked to pick the landmark moments in his career by French sports daily L’Equipe on Friday.

"I have two (perfect points). The match point I saved in 2008 against Rafa (Nadal) at Wimbledon (in the final). It wasn't the shot itself, but the importance it had in the match, as it allowed me to survive until a fifth set. It was this point, this shot, which gave the match a mythic quality, “he said.

“The second is the one I hit through my legs against Brian Dabul in the first round of the US Open in 2010. It was a  lovely shot, perfect and difficult to do because I was long way from the net, “he added.

Federer also mentioned the day he cried after losing a crucial match.

"I was really inconsolable in 2000 after my defeat by Tommy Haas in the semifinals 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."

The 17-time Grand Slam champion also said, he doubted himself on playing the level of tennis that the fans expect out of him.

"After Gstaad ... I couldn't get my physical condition back. I had injured myself at Hamburg playing football and my back was giving me problems. It was  intense moment because I didn't know whether my back would hold up."


On asked if he would like to relive any part of his career, Federer chose his match against his idol Pete Sampras at the Wimbledon in 2001.

"The day I beat (Pete) Sampras at Wimbledon in 2001 (in the last 16). I don't know how but on match point I knew he was going to serve wide," he said.

"I waited, and he didn't hit the serve perfectly. I was on the ball and just needed to make good contact. I hit my return very well and he couldn't get to it. Winning that match was quite a thing. It was huge. Those five seconds I would like to relive,” he added.

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