They have 15 titles among the three, they have made the whole planet vibrate with their exploits on the grass of the All England Lawn Tennis and are already part of the most golden history of Wimbledon. Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal They lived unforgettable moments in the London tournament, but without suffering there is no glory. In the trajectory of each of them, situations have been experienced that tested their mental strength and made them take out all the intangibles of the champion to, sooner or later, emerge again with more strength. Resilience is an inherent virtue of legends and they flaunted it on the London grass. These have been the Big 3 hardest moments at Wimbledon.
one. Withdrawal due to injury in 2007 after an epic tournament
The Balkan was beginning to make a name for himself in the elite and he won the affection of the public with his delivery in memorable duels against Delic, Kiefer, Hewitt and Baghdatis, all resolved by small details, and the last one in the fifth sleeve. He accused the effort and had to retire against Nadal in the semifinals.
two. Defeat with Safin in the 2008 edition
Few could hope that a Marat that landed as 75 in the world, surprised Novak, who came with the endorsement of being number 3 in the world and having won the Australian Open. He succumbed in the second round to the talented Russian player.
3. Be defeated by Federer in 2012
He already knew what it was to win the tournament, but the Serbian was looking to chain titles and beat Roger for the first time in his private garden. He did not succeed in the semifinals, this being a hard blow to his interests and having to postpone his second trophy in London.
Four. The final lost to Murray in 2013
It seemed written that the British had to break the prophet’s curse on his land and he did so at the expense of a blurred Novak in the final. The fatigue accumulated after a memorable duel with Del Potro in the semifinals took its toll and he could not compete at the best level.
5. Losses with injuries to Querrey and Berdych in 2016 and 2017
The elbow was torture for a Djokovic devoid of that winning hunger that has characterized his career so much. She did not reach either form in full form and she paid for it having to withdraw due to injury in her round of 16 and quarterfinal duels, respectively.
one. Defeat in the 2007 Wimbledon final against Roger
The Spaniard felt prepared in that edition to give the chime, but he could not compete as well as he usually does at peak moments. He accused the pain he felt physically and it was impossible to perform at his level in the fifth sleeve, something he took advantage of a year later to achieve glory.
two. Losses with injury included against Rosol and Darcis in 2012 and 2013
They were the worst experiences of the Balearic at Wimbledon. In one he came totally depleted and after the match against the Czech he spent 10 months in the dry dock, while in the other, his knees were not prepared for the challenge of playing on grass. It hurt a lot to fall like this and feel helpless against smaller rivals.
3. The rise of the executioner Kyrgios
One of the most remembered duels of 2014. The Australian was a daring young man who appeared in society with an impressive victory against Rafa. It was an open grave duel in which Nick was immeasurable in the service and ended up martyring the Spanish.
Four. Disappointments against Brown and Muller in 2015 and 2017
Rafa felt fully prepared to do something big in the 2017 edition, but two very poorly played sets against a specialist like the Luxembourgian were too heavy a slab. As for the loss with Brown, they are one of those things that are difficult to understand in the world of tennis, as much as Dustin is a fearsome rival on grass and had an inspired day.
5. The epic semifinal lost to Djokovic in 2018
The feeling of a missed opportunity, or more than that. Novak came from a critical position on a psychological level, coming to contemplate the withdrawal of professional tennis, and that meeting once again boosted him to the train of glory. It was an early final, marked by having to play a part of the game on Saturday and with the retractable roof. Rafa had serious options and it was hard to lose the tiebreak of the third set, as well as a break ball with 7-7 and a setback at half court with which he did not press hard enough.
one. Defeat with Henman in 2001
Winning Sampras being just a kid and feeling that you have given the final blow for the generational relay, must have been a success too difficult for Roger to assume at that time. A few days later he ran into the quarterfinals with the local Henman, an accomplished specialist in this area, who abused his friendship and offered important teachings to the one who would end up being a teacher in those situations.
two. The comebacks conceded against Tsonga and Anderson in 2011 and 2018
That Federer go two sets up in his favorite tournament should be synonymous with full guarantee of success, but it was not so twice. The Swissman saw Tsonga come from behind in the quarterfinals of 2011 (6-3 7-6 4-6 4-6 4-6) and, even more painful if possible, was what happened with Anderson. He got to have a match ball, he was the absolute dominator and everything changed in moments, to end up falling by 6-2 7-6 5-7 4-6 11-13.
3. The disaster against Stakhovsky in 2013
No one could have expected that Roger would ever be seen losing in the second round of Wimbledon, but that was the case against Stakhovsky. It was a difficult to understand game, in which the Swiss was unable to unfold his tennis and ended up giving in four sets against the inspired Ukrainian player.
Four. The defeat and injury included with Raonic in 2016
That image of Federer prostrate in the grass of the Central Court after slipping when going for a ball, was the perfect metaphor for what happened. The Swiss arrived with annoyances, these were greatly aggravated and that was the last game he played in a long time.
5. Finals lost to Djokovic
He was defeated by the Serb in the fifth round of the 2014 Wimbledon final, in four sets of the 2015 Wimbledon final and the 2019 … That is another story outside of which it is difficult to talk about. Two match points escaped the Swiss in one of the most difficult defeats to take on in his entire career.