Roger Federer Irked By Claims He Was ‘Handed A Win’ By Djokovic
Roger Federer, who snapped Novak Djokovic’s 23-game winning streak Tuesday during a round-robin match at the ATP World Tour Finals, is not taking kindly to Djokovic’s post-game comments.Advertisement
Federer beat Djokovic 7-5, 6-2 to end the Serbian’s 38-match indoor winning streak. After a classy handshake between the archrivals, Djokovic sprinted into a press conference where he gave an unusual assessment of his rare defeat.
“You have those days when you are not feeling your best, not even close to the best. Credit to Roger for mixing up the pace, giving me always a different ball. He used the slice and spin very wisely. He served very efficiently. I made a lot of, lot of unforced errors. I just handed him the win, especially in the second set,” said Djokovic.
The World No 1 rarely allows anyone to dictate the pace but admitted that Federer had his number. “He (Federer) tactically played well. Undoubtedly, he was the better player on the court. But I think I also allowed him to play and penetrate through the ball and dictate the tempo from the baseline.”
Federer was not amused with Djokovic’s comments. “He handed (me) the win? Well, he wasn’t as good as in the first set. But I feel, honestly, with the way he’s played this season, you still have to put him away,” said the 17-time Grand Slam champion.
“It’s not an easy thing to do. It’s not like he played terrible. I know he can play better. Why did he play that way? I’d like to give myself credit for that, quite honestly, yeah,” concluded Federer.