Federer Reserve

The hardwatching staff has seen the great Roger Federer play a ton of matches over the past half-dozen years, but we’ve rarely seen him perform the way he did against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga yesterday.

From the Los Angeles Times:

Roger Federer is stunned by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Wimbledon quarterfinals

Six-time champion loses a two-set lead at a Grand Slam event for the first time

First it was a tap, a Jo-Wilfried Tsonga forehand deep in the corner early in the third set that caused Roger Federer to furrow his brow.

It was as if a younger brother poked his finger in the chest of an older sibling and realized for the first time that he could knock him down, the 26-year-old Tsonga slowly gaining confidence against Federer on Wednesday at Wimbledon.

That forehand preceded a 130-mph ace, which turned into a service break that became two and then three until Federer was left behind, pushed around and finally out of Wimbledon for the second consecutive year, an upset loser in a quarterfinal.

For the first time in 179 major tournament matches, Federer squandered a two-set lead and the third-seeded, six-time Wimbledon champion was sent home by the 12th-seeded Tsonga, 3-6, 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.

Federer didn’t exactly “go away” (as John McEnroe might put it) in the final three sets, but he seemed peculiarly resigned to defeat – very much the way he was in several French Open beatdowns by Rafael Nadal.

Except this was Jo-Willie Tsonga. He’s the guy Federer beats in five.

Except this time he didn’t.

Final game of fifth set:

The hardworking staff has always fancied Nadal over Federer, but that hardly means we don’t respect Federer’s monumental accomplishments.

This was just a sad way to go for a great champion.

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One Response to Federer Reserve

  1. fedexxfan says:

    everthing will fine- Fedex will be again N0 1.

    Maria from Oslo

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