But the thing is Djokovic was going for broke, giving everything he had in every point. After his failure to serve it out in the 4th set I thought that might mentally affect him, but after losing his last three grand slam finals, the determination that Novak had not to let that happen again was clear. And when the opponent continues to get every shot back into play, that can be mentally exhausting after a while.
Even though the result was disappointing, especially after being so very close, I think this shows great hope for the future. If anything Federer looked like the younger, fresher player. There is absolutely no sign of the guy so many were writing off last year. I was very pleased to hear commentator Darren Cahill say that in spite of thinking before the tournament that this may be Roger's last best chance to win a major, that after seeing the way he played this fortnight, that he thinks now he could definitely win another one. Do you realize how amazing that is, at almost 33 years old, that he is still highly in contention for the majors? Oh how much I would love it if he could somehow prove those who are still doubting him wrong by winning the U.S. Open after so many years. While I'm not going to count on it, I can still hope!
Roger certainly had his moments of sadness, including right after he went off court and met up with Prince William and Kate, when he apparently was in a sad state and they tried to comfort him (how sweet is that!). But overall he seems pleased that he was able to put up such a fight, especially that he was able to push it to five sets, and that he was able to play so well and be healthy for the entire two weeks. He has a lovely family to escape with on vacation now before he starts putting in the hard yards in preparation for the U.S. hard court season. Seeing his girls come out for the award ceremony in spite of the loss was beautiful, and they looked so happy to see their Daddy. With baby boys Leo and Lenny waiting for him too, who turned two months old, he indeed has a blessed life.
One final note. This tweet showed up from Mardy Fish, former tennis great who knew Roger well: "Federer, most respected athlete of all time in any sport." What more do we need to say?