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'It had to end somewhere'

Novak Djokovic has said that his winning run had to end sometime, after losing to Roger Federer in the semi-finals of the French Open.

The Serb lost 7-6 (7-5), 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5) to Federer, ending a preposterous 43-match winning streak and denying him the world number one spot. Had he won it would have been his first French Open final, and would have taken him to within two matches of Guillermo Vilas's all-time record run of 46 matches. It was not to be, however Djokovic was sanguine at the defeat, knowing that he couldn’t just keep winning forever.

‘It was the best five months of my life, my tennis career,’ he said. ‘It had to end somewhere, I knew it was coming. Unfortunately, it came at a bad moment in a big match, but it's sport.

‘Obviously, it's a big match. Playing against Roger in the semi-finals of a Grand Slam, it's always intense regardless of what is at stake. Both of us were very focused on the start, intense. We played a very long first set and if I won it, who knows in which direction the match would have gone. But I think I did well coming back into the match, just unfortunate not to finish it out in the fourth.’

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