Roger Federer’s brutal reality after Djokovic’s triumph


Roger Federer (photo) languishes in 41st position for the Race to Turin for the ATP Finals. (Getty Images)

Novak Djokovic celebrated his 20th Grand Slam title overnight after winning the Wimbledon title and the end of the grass campaign does not paint a pretty picture for Roger Federer.

The world No.1 made history after equaling Federer and Rafael Nadal’s record for 20 Grand Slam tournaments after defeating Matteo Berrettini 6-7 (7-4), 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 in the Wimbledon final.

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Showing off his class and sportsmanship on Sunday, Federer was quick to congratulate Djokovic on the achievement.

“Congratulations Novak on your 20th major,” the Swiss legend tweeted.

“I am proud to have the opportunity to play in a special era of tennis champions. Wonderful performance, well done!”

But the end of Wimbledon and the big grass campaign saw Federer face a brutal reality when it comes to the Race to Turin and the ranking of the points collected in 2021.

Federer fell to 41st position for the race to appear in the year-end ATP Finals.

The Swiss maestro, who returns to the Tour this year after being sidelined for most of 2020 with a knee injury, seems out of action when it comes to qualifying for the final round of the year.

Federer also lost two places in his overall standings to world No.9.

Nadal also fell back to 7th in the Race for Turin, but this was due to the Spaniard skipping Wimbledon to rest after the clay court campaign.

Djokovic is now leading the race with Stefanos Tsitsipas in 2nd and Wimbledon finalist Berrettini jumping four places in 3rd position.

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Djokovic is the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to win the first three Grand Slam titles of the year.

The world No. 1 lost just two sets during the entire tournament.

BBC expert Tim Henman, quadruple Wimbledon semi-finalist, said: “He’s just had an incredible tournament. He came in as a big favorite and put on an absolute masterclass over the two weeks.

“No doubt the best player has won this tournament.

“He talks about his hunger, his desire and his motivation. He’s on the same level as Rafa and Roger, but there’s no doubt he wants to be the leader in this conversation.

“The Grand Slam calendar is definitely on the cards and it would be one of the sport’s greatest achievements in the men’s game.”

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