Roger Federer 5 Years On

William Skidelsky

The 2014 Wimbledon final: a miracle that didn't unfold.

In 2014, having paid a tout a small fortune for the privilege, I went to my first ever Wimbledon men's final. Over nearly four hours, I watched my idol, Roger Federer, do his best to defeat Novak Djokovic. He came reasonably close, saving a match point in the fourth set before levelling up at two sets all.

For a while, many of us thought we were watching a miracle unfold. But then Djokovic suddenly reverted to full on lock down mode, and ran out a comfortable winner in the final set.

The match features prominently in my 2015 memoir, Federer and Me: a Story of Obsession. (Click Here.) The book opens with my desperate last-minute attempts to buy a ticket, and ends with me and a group of fellow Federer fans lamenting our hero's defeat.

It struck me as a logical framing device, not just because it was a Wimbledon final (and I was there!), but also because it felt like a swan song: I seriously doubted Federer would have a realistic chance of winning a Grand Slam again.

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William Skidelsky is the author of Federer and Me: A Story of Obsession. He is an author and freelance writer, the former literary editor of the Observer and a contributor to the Guardian. He played tennis to the county level as a junior and now plays club tennis in southeast London, where he is first team captain. He lives in London with his wife and two children.

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