After no breaks of serve in the first set, Federer won the tiebreak to get in front in the match.But the Swiss star's game inexplicably fell apart
After no breaks of serve in the first set, Federer won the tiebreak to get in front in the match.
But the Swiss star’s game inexplicably fell apart in the second set.
Federer won just 22 per cent of points on his second serve, won just six points on the return, made 11 unforced errors and won just 15 points altogether.
And the 37-year-old attributed his drop of form to three things.
“I think second set got tougher with the sun coming through on the Royal Box end,” he said.
“So I got broken there. Also did a little bit against the wind on the other side.
“Rafa was in the zone there. Maybe also I didn’t serve as well.
“It was a close match and he was able to take charge after I had a couple of chances early on in that second set, so that was tough.”
But despite his dip in performances, Federer fought to win 7-6 1-6 6-3 6-4 in just over three hours.
And the eight-time champion said sticking to his gameplan was what ultimately brought him back into the match.
“I was able to stick to my game plan, stay aggressive, stay offensive,” he said.
“I guess I also started to serve a bit better maybe after that second set.
“I think I won a lot of the important points in the third and fourth sets. There were some brutal rallies in key moments that went my way.
“I think those might have made the difference today.”