Wiedmer: Tennis won’t be the same without Regal Roger

Switzerland's Roger Federer plays a return to Britain's Cameron Norrie during the men's singles third round match on day six of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Saturday July 3, 2021. Federer announced Thursday, Sept.15, 2022 he is retiring from tennis. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)

Sunday, July 14, 2019.

That's the day tennis died for me, the day that still haunts me and saddens me and makes me wonder why, oh, why the Wimbledon gentleman's singles final had to end the way it did. In case you've forgotten or never knew, that's also the last time Roger Federer would reach a Grand Slam final, falling to Novak Djokovic after having two match points on his racquet in the 16th game of the fifth and deciding set.

The great Federer had just served two aces at Centre Court of the All-England Club to go ahead 40-15 that sunny afternoon after nearly five hours atop the world's most famous lawn. Win just one of the next two points and he would own 21 Grand Slam singles titles, which would be three more than his closest pursuer to that point, Rafael Nadal.