London - Roger Federer claimed the rain that interrupted his Wimbledon final
defeat against Novak Djokovic was the crucial factor in his failed bid to win a
record eighth All England Club title.
Federer slumped to a 7-6 (7/1), 6-7 (10/12), 6-4, 6-3 loss on Sunday and the
Swiss star felt it was a brief third set delay caused by light showers that
proved the key turning point.
Having won a thrilling second set tie-break to level the match, Federer had
just dropped his serve to fall 3-2 behind when the rain came.
But the weather improved quickly and within 20 minutes the court covers were
taken off, leaving Federer feeling slightly flustered as tournament officials
hurried to get the players back on court.
"I think maybe the rain came at a bad time for me. Maybe if it came
earlier or much later, it would have been better," the world number two
"The way it was, I couldn't take advantage of it, even though I had a
Love-30 game shortly after I came back.
"It was a little bit of a rushed rain delay. Out, back on. Try to speak
to your team, try to relax, at the same time stay warm. It's not like hectic,
but it's not the usual rain delay you have.
"They told us they were going to try to get us back out there as quick
A visibly frustrated Federer was also puzzled by Wimbledon chiefs' decision
to delay the post-match trophy presentation while the Centre Court roof was
closed due to more rain.
"It was awkward, you know, having to shut the roof. You go take a
shower. You come back for the ceremony," Federer said.
"I was like, Give it to Novak. It's his moment. Okay, fine. Let's go
take a shower, come back. So that was weird."