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Seven-time Grand Slam winner Mats Wilander has slammed Roger Federer for his tactics against Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final.
Federer was so close to lifting his 21st Grand Slam title, however, in the longest final in the history of Wimbledon Novak Djokovic beat the Swiss 7-6, 1-6, 7-6, 4-6, 13-12.
“Djokovic would never have gone for it [the safe serve],” Wilander told L’Equipe. “It is basic, serve at the weak point of your opponent. In those vital moments, Federer was playing for the years between 2004 and 2007 where he dominated his rivals so much that he never had to play an important game.
“He was not tested enough then, it was too easy for him, so he did not improve tactically. Nowadays, however, he’s faced with guys like Rafa Nadal and Djokovic, who are the masters in these tactical matters, and he does not play the important points correctly.”