Roger Federer was the protagonist of great achievements during his long career, but also of very dramatic sporting moments. His great victories and his records granted him the love of fans and crowds, while the most dramatic moments of his career made him more human, even more admired.
One of the most dramatic moments for him was the 2018 Wimbledon quarter-finals. He, as defending champion, played that match against Kevin Anderson. The inertia of the match was for Federer: the Swiss Maestro won the first two sets for 6-2 7-6. Who could think of the incredible South African comeback? Anderson won the third, fourth and fifth sets, reversing the outcome of the challenge, for 7-5 6-4 13-11.
Talking about Wimbledon, the 2013 edition was painful, as it was his entire season. He lost, also that year as defending champion, in the second round, against one of the most unpredictable opponents: Sergiy Stakhovsky, who won for 6-7 7-6 7-5 7-6. In 2016 he was forced to skip the entire second half of the season, including the Rio Olympic Games. Not an easy choice and a very dramatic moment for his career. Many thought that it was the end of the myth; a few months later Federer won his 18th Slam at the Australian Open against Rafael Nadal.
The withdrawal of this 2020 is also certainly a dramatic moment: Roger will have to undergo surgery on his right knee and will return to the court only in 2021.
Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are responsible for the most dramatic moments of Roger Federer's career
Nadal was the man who, in the first part of his career, gave many pains to the Swiss Maestro. The Wimbledon 2008 and Australian Open 2009 finals were perhaps Federer's most dramatic moment of the rivalry against Nadal. At Wimbledon he lost the throne after five wins, against tha Spaniard in an epochal final. The Melbourne 2009 final were the seal of a negative moment against his nemesis Nadal: "This is killing me," said Federer during the award ceremony. After a couple of months Roger won the Roland Garros and Wimbledon, completing the Career Grand Slam and breaking Pet Sampras' Slam record.
In recent years it was Novak Djokovic who represented a real nightmare and a mission impossible for him. In the two-year period 2014-2015 Djokovic defeated him in three Slam finals, the most painful of which was perhaps Wimbledon 2014. Five sets of emotions during which both would have deserved to win. Nole upset his rival in the fifth set, preventing him from getting his 8th title. Only three years later Federer achieved the Wimbledon title record.
The last major disappointment for Federer came once again at Wimbledon. Perhaps it was the most dramatic sporting moment of his career. The 2019 final lost, once again, against Novak Djokovic. Federer had a great chance to win his 9th All England Club title. He had the chance to serve for the match: on the score of 40-15 Federer wasted two match-points, also thanks to his opponent's ability to raise the level under pressure. Djokovic won that dramatic game and the decisive set, ending the challenge with the final score of 7-6 1-6 7-6 4-6 13-12. Perhaps it is also the defeats and the moments of difficulty that made Roger Federer so popular and loved: a champion capable of surprising but also of falling, a synthesis that can be valid for every person.