London, Jul 7: Roger Federer described his Wimbledon final defeat by Rafael Nadal as the most painful loss of his career, but vowed that he is not about to give up his world number one status to his great rival. He also added that his defeat in the final was partly caused by bad light.
The Swiss said he was not looking for excuses but pointed to fading light on Centre Court as a hindrance in the thrilling 6-4, 6-4, 6-7, 6-7, 9-7, final, which was twice interrupted by rain."It is a disaster, the French is nothing in comparison," a subdued Federer told a news conference. Federer has lost to Nadal three times in the French Open final."It's rough on me now, obviously, you know, to lose the biggest tournament in the world over maybe a bit of light," the 26-year-old said.
"It's not a whole lot of fun, but it's the way it is. I can only congratulate Rafa for a great effort."
Federer, who said he had also struggled because of the gusty conditions, had been chasing a modern-era record of six All England Club titles in a row and his disappointment was immense. He said he had been pleased with the many astonishing shots he had managed to pull out of the bag at critical moments and that he had been sure that by forcing the match into a fifth set the momentum would have been with him to go on and win.
" In tennis, unfortunately sometimes there has to be winners and losers. There's no draws." .