Roger Federer showed why he is adored around the world following his heartbreaking loss to Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final.
Federer was reeling after he was denied in a history-making four-hour, 57-minute loss to Djokovic 7-6 (7-5) 1-6 7-6 (7-4) 4-6 12-12 (7-3).
Djokovic now retains the title he won last year and add to the trophies he also landed at the All England Club in 2011, 2014 and 2015.
But Federer who will turn 38 next month, was all class in defeat and put things into perspective when asked about what he would be doing following The Championships.
“They won’t be excited with the plate, they would rather take that golden thing,” the Swiss maestro joked.
“But it’s nice to see them, we’ve had a great week here.
“I love them. But now back to dad and husband.”
Djokovic reaction sparks controversy
The largely pro-Federer crowd roared with delight after the Swiss Maestro won points, but fell silent when Djokovic did so.
After match point, Djokovic parted ways with his usual celebration, simply crouching down and plucking a chunk of Wimbledon grass and popping it into his mouth.
He then nodded to himself with a satisfied look on his face before roaring in triumph.
Fans and pundits had very differing reactions to the celebration.
Some found his actions ‘arrogant’, while others thought it was a message to the crowd after five hours of being cheered against.