Time running out for 'GOAT' Federer as rivals close in

Yolanda Curtis
February 3, 2020

He wasn't feeling his best on the court, not much confidence.

Despite speculation to the contrary, Federer said in his post-semifinal press conference that he didn't doubt he'd play against Djokovic, and explained: "I don't think I would have gone on court if I felt like I had no chance to win". Nice entrance, nice sendoff, and in between, it's one to forget just because you know you have a three percent chance to win.

"When I was younger I would get frustrated and impatient with small things in life, but that's how you learn", he said.

"But, once you can see it coming, that it's not going to work anymore, it's tough".

Federer's last Grand Slam title came at the Australian Open two years ago.

Time running out for 'GOAT' Federer as rivals close in

By reaching the final for an eighth time, Djokovic now holds the outright record for the most visits to the title match in the Open era, having previously been tied with Federer on seven appearances.

The Swiss was handed a code violation for swearing in the third set of Tuesday's match after the lineswoman reported Federer to Serbian chair umpire Marijana Veljovic.

"You start day by day, that's what I was doing", said Muguruza, who reunited with former coach Conchita Martinez in the offseason.

"I have to say I respect Roger for coming out tonight". He was obviously hurt.

Federer went into his 50th clash with Djokovic carrying a groin injury sustained during his quarter-final epic against Tennys Sandgren in which he saved seven match points.

"At the end of the day, I guess I'm very happy".

The Swiss legend thinks he's capable of adding two more major titles to his record-breaking trophy cabinet and is determined on returning to Melbourne Park next year.

"[He is] definitely one of the best players in the world".

"Yes, I do believe that", he said. Rafael Nadal stands one behind him with his beloved French Open next on the agenda, while Djokovic could be within three by the time this tournament is done. He played a terrific match against Rafa [Nadal] last night. It's his first semi-final at a grand slam in his career, so I'm sure that he is motivated, he's pumped to get at least a step further.

"I was playing with nothing to lose obviously", Federer said after losing for the 11th time in 17 slam meetings with Djokovic.

Of course, Federer knows that his body may dictate what happens from here on, even if his mind is still as determined as ever.

"You never know what the future holds. To be honest, I feel like I should have found a way to do that, but wasn't able to", he said.

But it was the 20-time Grand Slam victor who got out of the blocks briskly on a hot evening to wrest early initiative as Djokovic struggled with his service games.

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