Tag: Federer stunned
Many have been prognosticating the fall of the great Roger Federer. We even did a note on this some weeks ago, when again he had some issues on clay and was sent home early during Roland Garros. Ever since he won at the beginning of the season at The Australian Open, the Federer Express has suffered a series of mishaps that have forced him to give up not only the No. 1 spot in the ATP World ranking, but also the 2nd spot as he know sits 3rd after Thomas Berdych defeated the No.1 seeded player on Wimbledon by 6-4,3-6,6-1,6-4.
Federer arrived to the All England Club quite sure that he was going to make it straight up to the finals, as he has done consecutively in the last 8 years. Wimbledon is were the winner of 16 Grand Slam tournaments has made his name. He has been the most dominant player over the grass fields of England. But things are starting to change.
Back in the clay courts of the French Open, and again playing as the defending champion, Robin Soderling sent Federer home in the quarterfinals in four straight sets. That was the end of his unprecedented 22 straight participations on Grand Slam semifinals. But that previous early exit probably did not hurt as bad as this one. To really put things into perspective you must know that since the 2003 edition, and before this Wednesday’s game, The Federer Express was 51-1 at the All England Club.
This means that Federer lost at his favorite tournament. He had mentioned some lower back problems back in Halle, were he lost to Lleyton Hewitt in the finals a week before Wimbledon. Just to give you an idea of what was happening in between this two, Hewitt had not won a single match against Federer in more then 15 matches between the two. It was Hewitt’s personal vendetta if you will. 15-0 is a harsh and painful record for any tennis pro.
He suffered greatly in the first round match. Let’s not forget that Colombian Alejandro Falla had Federer down by two sets before Federer could react. The Swiss champion had a good comeback in the following two matches at Wimbledon. But the Czech Thomas Berdych was waiting for him in the quarterfinals to show him the last station of the Federer Express.
This is not unfamiliar for the Swiss. Federer had a match point back in March at the Miami Open. And then Berdych came back and turned things around for Federer. It was a great comeback for the Czech.
The 24-year-old Czech played a very offensive and somewhat risky tennis game. But he managed to keep things under the cool. He was able to put on some great serves, a couple over the 130mph mark. Despite of what might happened later, when he Berdych faces Novak Djokovic on the Wimbledon semifinals, it is sure going to be remembered for leaving Federer out for the first time in eight years from a Wimbledon Final. The only thing he could possibly do to match this is take on his momentum, make it pass over Djokovic (like he did) and win his first Grand Slam tournament.