What do you do after losing a five-set heartbreaker in a Grand Slam? Well, taking recent history into account you take a month off and withdraw, that’s what you do. And Roger Federer did just that announcing last week that he will not be competition in either Tokyo or Shangai because his doctors advised him to rest.
Surprising? Not really.
Remember after losing to Rafael Nadal in Australia Federer passed up on Davis Cup and Dubai. Andy Roddick, who perhaps endured an even tougher defeat at Wimbledon, followed by withdrawing from Davis Cup and Indianapolis.
And now Fed’s made his announcement and I can’t blame him with two kids at home, 15 slams, scores of records, bushels full of money, I’d imagine it’s tough to find that motivation this time of year.
Turning to the guys who are playing, there’s not many. This week in Bangkok Jo Tsonga has returned to defend his title. He’s accompanied by countryman Gilles Simon.
Sam Querrey, who was the No. 3 seed, had to withdraw after slicing his arm open in a freak accident. Querrey sat on a glass table which gave way (they tend to give way if you are 6-foot-6) and the glass cut through his arm as he fell. Querrey needed surgery to close the wound and just like that, the promising American’s season is over. Luckily it sounds like his “rocket” right arm will recover just fine.
Also, Tsonga plays Ernests Gulbis in the Frenchman’s opener leading the question to be asked: Whatever happened to Ernests?
Speaking of whatever happened to, Joachim Johansson (remember him?) has made a positive return in Kuala Lumpur defeating Leyton Hewitt in the first round. Pim-pim used to once date Hewitt’s sister, Jasyln, years ago and now he’s getting over on big bro.
Also in Kuala Lumpur we find Nikolay Davydenko, Fernando Verdasco, Robin Soderling and Fernando Gonzalez.
Next week things should pick up with Nadal, who’s recovering from an ab injury, and Roddick playing in Beijing while Andy Murray, Juan Martin Del Potro and the Frenchman are scheduled for Tokyo.
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