Tag: Roger Federe Bio
Many tennis fans around the globe have been looking for the precise moment when Roger Federer, the 28 year-old tennis player that has dominated the professional scene for almost a decade, was going to give his first signs of loosing his touch. Today he might had just done that.
Federer has captured over 56 million dollars in prize earnings in his career. He is already one of the most sought after sponsorship images for everything that stands for precision, elegance and outstanding performance. He has hold the top place in the ATP for a record 237 consecutive weeks. He is one week short of matching Pete Sampras career long record of 285 weeks in front of the world rankings.
He is considered by many to be the best player of all time. The Swiss has made it to an unprecedented 22 Grand Slam finals, he has won 16 of those, to match the records of Rod Laver and Andre Agassi. He has managed to win those titles in three surfaces (clay, grass, and hard-court). But recently the Federer Express has been experiencing some unprecedented delays.
Just a couple of weeks ago, the Swiss had serious trouble against Robin Soderling in the French Open. They faced each other on the quarterfinals of Roland Garros and was sent home early. This was his earliest exit from the French Open in the previous six years.
He recently lost to the Australian Leyton Hewit in the finalla at Halle. Yet, on the other hand this was the moment when the Aussie finally broke his 0-15 record against the Swiss Maestro. Sure enough, this was Federers second loss in grass in 7 years, but hey, its hard to discuss these topics when one takes into account that the Fed Express’ record over the green stuff is 76-2.
Still, Alejandro Falla, the 26 year old player from Cali, Colombia, and No. 60 in the ATP rankings managed to lead 7-5, 6-4, in the first two sets and had a clear 4 shot advantage in the decisive third set. Falla had four break points at 4-0 in the third. He was a single point from serving for the match. But then it happened. Call it the pressure, call it chewing on too big a bone, call it plain nervousness: the Colombian could not any of those chances.
And so, for the 6th time in his 888 matches as a professional, Roger Federer had to work his way back from a 2-0 deficit to win the game. Falla missed those break chances in the third and Federer finished the set with an overwhelming forehand winner.
At the end, before a quite enthusiastic crowd at Centre Courte in Wimbledon, the Federer Express had to go into overdrive and pull with all his might to pull back up from what would had been quite a monumental upset. This would have been, par-non, the greatest feat for the Colombian player who had not won a single set in their four previous matches against Federer. At the end, Federer took the win with a 5-7, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (1), 6-0.