French Open 2011: Roger Federer Beats Novak Djokovic, It's Hard Not to Feel Bad

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French Open 2011: Roger Federer Beats Novak Djokovic, It's Hard Not to Feel Bad
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Roger Federer vs. Novak Djokovic was one of the most anticipated matchups in this year's French Open.

Federer won a hard-fought match in the fourth set as the last bits of sunlight escaped into the night sky. For tennis fans around the world, it was a shocking match that left many torn on who they actually wanted to win.

The case for Federer was that this was likely going to be Federer's last chance to win another title at Roland Garros (I, however, believe he has many more years).

As for Djokovic, it was very hard to root against the streak. He had come so close—had he one this match, he would have eclipsed the record for most wins to start a season, which is currently held by John McEnroe. He would have also advanced into his first French Open final and become the first player besides Nadal or Federer to be No. 1 in the world since Andy Roddick once held the honor.

In the end, Federer triumphed and sent Djokovic home early.

It is hard to not feel bad for Djokovic. Now, we all know tennis is just a game, and in the long run Djokovic will have more chances to win this tournament, but he was so close and had won so many matches in a row that for him to lose this close to breaking the streak must be heartbreaking.

The fact that he also served for the fourth set makes it all the more difficult to get over it. It does seem strangely similar to the 35-0 streak that Andre Agassi went on before loosing to Pete Sampras in the finals of the U.S. Open.

That is the sad truth in tennis—that at the end of the tournament, there will only be one winner. It doesn't matter if both players played an excellent match, one will go home disappointed.

And unfortunately for Djokovic, he was the one sent packing.

This will provide all the motivation for Djokovic to make it to his first-career Wimbledon final in the coming weeks.

But for now, congrats to Roger Federer on doing what few thought he could do at this tournament. And who knows, maybe this will be the year that he is finally able to beat Nadal at Roland Garros.  

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