Steve Johnson said in an interview after his loss to Roger Federer on Monday in the fourth round at Wimbledon that he now understands why many regard the world number three as the best ever.
Federer comfortably defeated American Johnson 6-2, 6-3, 7-5 in 1 hour and 37 minutes to set up a quarter-final match against ninth seed Marin Cilic.
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The world number three was always in control, ending the match with 35 winners and only 13 unforced errors, while converting five of 10 break-point opportunities as Johnson never threatening to upset the seven-time Wimbledon champion.
After his defeat, Johnson said he was not intimidated going into the match but said the precise and efficient way in which Federer takes opponents apart makes one realize just how great he is.
"You realize when he hits these shots and finds his way out of tricky situations with such ease, that's just what he does and why he's arguably the best ever," said Johnson.
"I feel like his level is as high as ever," he added.