London: Swiss Roger Federer warned his rivals not to write him off yet after a Wimbledon final defeat that left the Swiss star without a major title for three years.
Federer's bid for a first Grand Slam crown since he last won Wimbledon in 2012 was shattered as No 1 Novak Djokovic clinched a 7-6 (7/1), 6-7 (10/12), 6-4, 6-3 victory on Sunday.
It was a huge blow for Federer, who has won only one of the last 22 Grand Slam events and, with the World No 2 turning 34 before the US Open starts in August, there will be many, who believe his 10th Wimbledon final will prove to be his last chance to add to his 17 Grand Slam titles. But he insists his dominant run to the final, which included beating Andy Murray, and a strong first two sets against Djokovic showed there is still plenty of life in him yet. "I lost against the World No 1 at the moment. That's the kind of guy you probably can lose against. But I've beaten him a few times. I'm one of the few guys that's gotten a chance. I was able to show that on the court, how close it really was. Even though at the end it might look routine, but I don't think that was the case. I'm right there. My game is good. I got broken very few times this tournament. I played on my terms. Things are all right."
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