No Storybook Finish, but Hope for More Chapters

Had Roger Federer won Wimbledon 2014, with his 33rd birthday a month away, he would have become the oldest Wimbledon champion of the Open era.

updated: July 07, 2014 08:26 IST
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Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic embrace each other after Djokovic won the Wimbledon 2014 final.


Wimbledon, England: There was a telltale moment early in the second set of the men's Wimbledon final when Novak Djokovic, somehow trailing in a match he appeared to be dominating and in disbelief of a net-cord winner by Roger Federer, clasped his hands and looked to the sky for mercy.

Heaven wasn't listening. Earth, too, was not sympathetic. With the exception of those in his box and a few scattered souls around Centre Court, seemingly everyone had cast Djokovic as the valiant supporting actor - if not an actual villain - in what was supposed to be the Hollywood ending to Wimbledon 2014. (Also read: Thank you Roger for letting me win, says Djokovic)

Not a vocational ending for Federer, mind you, who made sure to tell the crowd, "See you next year," before walking off a 6-7 (7), 6-4, 7-6 (4), 5-7, 6-4 loser to Djokovic in a tense 3-hour-56-minute match that washed away the aftertaste of Saturday's lopsided women's final. (Highlights)

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