PARIS: When you are a once-in-a-generation talent that has won 20 Grand Slam singles titles, the word ‘failure’ isn’t associated with you too often. But Roger Federer, arguably the greatest tennis player of all time, has had his fair share of downs in an otherwise remarkable career.
Former American player Paul Annacone, who coached Roger Federer from 2010 to 2013, has revealed in a podcast with the Double Bagel that the Swiss maestro has a unique way of dealing with failure. To highlight this point, Annacone cited the example of Roger Federer’s remarkable run at Roland Garros 2011 – where he beat Novak Djokovic in the semi-final with a spell-binding performance before going down to a familiar foe in the final.
Roger Federer reached the final four of that tournament without dropping a set, and then beat Djokovic 7–6(5), 6–3, 3–6, 7–6 to set up a blockbuster clash with Rafael Nadal in the final. That was probably his best chance of adding a second Roland Garros title to his kitty and completing an unprecedented double Career Slam, but it was not to be.
Roger Federer approached the final with the positive attitude of a man on a mission. He broke the Spaniard in his first service game and looked like the better player for much of the first set, but was unable to capitalize on the strong start. —Agencies