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Roger Federer explains the key question fans always ask him involving Novak Djokovic

Roger Federer of Switzerland reacts during his quarter final loss to Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia in the Qatar ExxonMobil Open at Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex on March 11, 2021 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Mohamed Farag/Getty Images)

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Roger Federer says people still want to talk to him about his 2019 Wimbledon final defeat to Novak Djokovic. Federer had two match points in what was a brilliant final before Djokovic was able to seal a memorable win.

“Fans talked to me about that defeat for weeks on the internet,” Federer told Numero Homme magazine. “And still today it happens to me. I think, ‘What are they still thinking about?’ But I understand.”

Federer believes he has become skilled at knowing how to cope with losses.

“The most important thing is not to give them too much emotional importance. Don’t judge yourself at all costs. Analyse and understand. You can do this alone, or by talking with others to get them out of the disappointment.

“Some people think for days and nights about the mistakes they made. I chose to analyse very quickly. It helps me to move on. When I was young, I wasn’t even angry when I lost, but extremely sad. I couldn’t think straight. Now I only need half an hour to recover from a defeat, maybe an hour if it’s the Wimbledon final.”

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