Federer’s Hardcourt Woes Continue, Chokes 5-1 Lead to Tsonga
What’s the old saying, it’s déjà vu all over again. Well it is with Roger Federer who picked up right where he left off when the hardcourt season ended four months ago.
All that was missing was a broken racquet, and that may be happening behind closed doors as I write because Federer just blow a 5-1 third set bulge to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. The Frenchman Tsonga recovered to win the Masters Montreal 1000 quarterfinal match 7-6, 1-6, 7-6.
But the story is the Federer collapse.
In a bit of a twist from his usual hardcourt pattern this year of winning the first set, getting ahead in the second then faltering, Today Federer mixed it up. Against Tsonga, Federer lost the first, seized control of the second then raced ahead in the third 5-1. The match was over! Two breaks ahead, Tsonga was lifeless, Mirka was putting the girls back in their cribs and Andy Murray was gearing up for another win over the Swiss.
But Federer would only win one more game thereafter, which is fine, but not when Tsonga wins five straight! Federer saved 3 MPs to push a breaker but Tsonga somehow kept the momentum and earned victory when World No. 1 Federer inexplicably double-faulted down match point.
Credit to Tsonga who looked dead, gone and buried mid-way through the third set, but this was a Federer choke of epic proportions and this loss we raise serious questions about his ability to win the US Open.
Clearly those confidence and closing issues he had on the hardcourts earlier in the year haven’t gone away despite his successes on clay/grass. I thought they had, they haven’t.
And to think I had Dinara Safina on “choke alert” when the day began. Funny sport this tennis. I guess the honeymoon is over for the Roger….
Looking forward to the night session.
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