It’s happens to the best of us and even to Roger Federer. Today the Swiss tennis great showed some age by doing something he had never done before in his career: completely lose track of the score on matchpoint!
The incident occurred in the Gerry Weber semifinals in Halle against Kei Nishikori. Federer was serving with double matchpoint at 6-4 in the tiebreaker when Nishikori hit a passing shot into the net. And the match was over, but Federer returned to the baseline thinking he still had work to do.
When Federer finally realized the error he rushed to the net to shake Kei’s hand. A funny moment indeed.
“I think this was the first time. At least I can’t recall any other time which means it was the first time in more than thousand matches,” Federer explained after the 64, 76 win. “That was the problem, it had already started earlier: I had thought, when I went to serve on the last two points, that I was up 4-3 and then had 5-3, 6-3. So, I had already counted wrongly two points before. When I made the second point I thought ‘perfect, no he’ll serve two more times and I’ll have two chances and, if necessary, I’ll have to serve again at 6-5. Then it was totally clear to me what was happening. That’s why I just didn’t get it why the applause was so strange and I looked to the Umpire who was laughing, then I saw Nishikori at the net, then I looked to my player’s box and they were also laughing.
“Then I thought ‘What’s going on here, is the match over?’ Then I finally checked the score and realized that the match was over, especially because Nishikori had been laughing.
“I told him that I was sorry and that I had really thought that the score was 6-3 but that, of course, I happily take the victory and that I’m glad because I won’t have to go back to the line and serve. It was really funny.”
In the final tomorrow, Federer will bid for a seventh Halle title against Alejandro Falla who becomes the first Colombian to ever make a grass championship match.
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