Federer Escape Act, Four Seeds Fall in Openers at Wimbledon
by Staff | June 21st, 2010, 11:21 pm

World No. 1 Roger Federer survived an upset bid, but four other seeds didn’t on Day One at Wimbledon.

The Swiss No. 1, confounded by the lefty service slice and flat hitting of Alejandro Falla, was forced to come back from two sets down to defeat the Colombian 5-7, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(1), 6-0.
“Was it in the third I was down Love-40 in that one game? I’m not sure,” Federer said. “That was the moment I felt was the toughest because if I wouldn’t have come out of that game, I don’t think I would have broken the next one. I had more belief I was going to break him in the fourth. So it was a tough match, you know. He played really well and I struggled early on, but came through, which is most important.”

Failing to survive tough opening-round matches were No. 11 Marin Cilic falling to German Florian Mayer, No. 17 Ivan Ljubicic ousted by Poland’s Michal Przysiezny in straight sets, No. 20 Stan Wawrinka losing to Uzbek Denis Istomin in five sets, and No. 30 Tommy Robredo upset by Aussie Peter Luczak.

Other players surviving close shaves were No. 3 Novak Djokovic edging Belgian Olivier Rochus in five, No. 7 Nikolay Davydenko outlasting South African Kevin Anderson 9-7 in the fifth, and No. 31 seed Victor Hanescu defeating Russian Alex Kuznetsov 7-5 in the fifth.

“As soon as I was starting to play aggressive and well, I was winning in the match,” Djokovic said. “Fourth and fifth set, especially in the fifth set, I showed the real game, the game that I should play. You know, it was great match, of course. Rochus is a very tricky player, especially on grass. He has a very low balance and he rarely gives you free points. You have to work for all the points.”

No. 5 Andy Roddick and No. 15 Lleyton Hewitt were other seeds of note advancing.

Unseeded Americans found success in moving into the second round, led by Mardy Fish who held down the progress of Aussie comer Bernard Tomic in straight sets. Taylor Dent topped Juan Ignacio Chela in four sets to advance, and unheralded Floridian Brendan Evans defeated Dutchman Jesse Huta Galung in straights.

“I didn’t serve as well as I had in the qualifying, coming through the qualifying rounds,” Dent said. “In the qualifying, I was very high percentage of first serves and my accuracy was very good. I was getting a ton of free points, and that wasn’t the case today…In the first set, Chela was kind of rolling the ball around and not really doing too much, and he allowing me to step up and dictate and do everything I wanted to do. Then after that, it was a little bit more touch and go. He was lacing the balls left and right. So it was a solid performance. It was good.”

Tuesday matches of interest on the men’s side include (2) Rafael Nadal vs. Kei Nishikori, (6) Robin Soderling vs. Robby Ginepri, Robert Kendrick vs. (10) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Nicolas Kiefer vs. (9) David Ferrer, (14) Juan Carlos Ferrero vs. Xavier Malisse, pre-Wimbledon tourney warm-up winners Sergiy Stakhovsky vs. (18) Sam Querrey, and Nicolas Mahut vs. (23) John Isner.

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109 Comments for Federer Escape Act, Four Seeds Fall in Openers at Wimbledon

andrea Says:

i wonder what day two holds?

Kimmi Says:

i am surprised murray is scheduled to play on court1. I wonder if he asked for it..I wouldn’t blame him, that centre court brought some strange results today.

seriously though, why is murray on court1?

jane Says:

Kimmi, Fot – thanks for the hellos on the other thread. Our faves (Fed, Nole) just scraped through hey? Djok did so quite literally, as the match finished at 10:59 and apparently there’s a rule that matches must be finished by 11:00 pm – even with the roof! margot, will be driving through the day tomorrow, but will be keeping my fingers crossed for Andy M. Hope Rafa makes it through as well. It’d be nice to see some seeds around in week two. ; )

ron Says:

uh…Roger Federer is not the world number one right now. Some guy named Nadal is.

(not that there needed to further proof regarding inherent bias here)

madmax Says:

Oh Ron!

He’s no.1 to us! I think staff meant seeded no.1. I am sure they will change it and you’ll then feel happier! :)

Morning Ron!

Gordo Says:

Ron – good catch. I skimmed over the “World No. 1” when I read the article.

As most are aware, Wimbledon is the one tournament that plays around with the rankings when considering the tournament’s seedings. Besides allowing Fed to still be seeded #1 at this tournament (the difference in 1 or 2 is prestige only, with no advantage given to either seeding) the elevation of Hewitt to #15 may turn out to be significant, for the Halle winner cannot run into someone ranked higher before the quarters.

This may be the last time Roger Federer is ever ranked #1 at a tournament, unless some guy named Nadal is unable to play.

Interestingly enough, had Falla beaten Federer, with Fed losing 2000 points that he was defending, he still would not drop further than #3 in the world standings, and that would have been only if Djokovic made the quarters, (which is likely). No one else is in a position to overtake him.

The big difference would be that Nadal would have gained so many points the year-end #1 would most certainly be his.

It still may be. This should be an interesting fortnight.

Huh Says:

I dunno why staff calls Fed World No.1 when he’s obviously not? Shame on staff!

steve Says:

“i wonder what day two holds?”

It certainly couldn’t top day one for drama, unless the higher seeds lost instead of coming through in close matches.

Kimo Says:

Oh come on guys, cut Staff some slack. When Rafa first got to no. 1 in 2008 it took most people some time to get used to not writing “World no.1 Roger Federer”. There’s no bias hear, we’re just creatures of habit.

Huh Says:

Was watching the Fed-Falla match and have to say this was one of the ‘greatest ever’ wins of Falla! It was INCREDIBLE tennis from Falla, now even I admit it’s a shame that Falla lost. I have not seen this kind of tennis against Fed for some time. Respect and shout-out to Falla, hoping for him to become a top-20 guy.


That why Federer is the best player ever, he never give up and he shows us today how mentally strong he is. He has the ability to win tricky matches like that , like against Hass in FO, Berdytch in AO or Andrev in USOpen ….

Huh Says:

Oops I mean yesterday was one of the ‘greatest ever’ wins of Fed. After seeing the match in whole I think that though Fed deservedly won, Falla sure kinda deserves some sort of prize for his stunning display.

Huh Says:

One moment in the match did particularly scare me, that’s when Fed slipped and fell dangerously on the grass. Hoping that it didn’t hurt him in any way.

Huh Says:

And here’s Henman, one of my big sentimental faves, on Roger.


madmax Says:

Kimo, you’re right!

It just sounds right to call Roger world no.1, that’s all. Am sure staff will change to seeded no. 1, or former no.1, whatever.

Here is a stunning report from the Independent this morning:, where the journalist was on centre court yesterday – his perspective counts.

Roger Federer v Alejandro Falla, fourth set, Falla serving for the match at 5-4. There’s the whole match right there. The columbian had played himself to the brink of the biggest single shock in the history of Wimbledon, and then he let that thought into his mind. And the weight of what he was about to achieve crushed him.

I was out on centre court and I watched the whole match from start to finish and I believe in his head that Falla starting over-thinking, along the lines, “I just need to keep the ball in play”.
And of course at that stage, he’s thinking too much.

And before he knows it the game has gone, then the set. And Federer’s not going to lose a tie-break in the fourth, and bye bye baby.

This was all about coping with the pressure, and while Falla played great (Federer really wasn’t so bad), at the moment of truth, the nerves and experience of a timeless champion held, while Falla’s didn’t.

Falla and his team spent a month at the Nick Bollettieri acadamy in Florida earlier this year. The Columbian party came over to use our facilities and get a bit of input, and if we helped in any way, then great. I was impressed with the sheer power of Falla yesterday and he targeted Federer’s backhand and smashed it to pieces in those opening two sets to the extent that Federer started slicing out of what seemed – for Federer – almost like panic. (That is, he almost looked like he was going to break sweat!). But for all the trouble Federer found himself in, within points of defeat, I don’t believe Federer felt at ANY stage of that match that he was going to lose. Because champions of his calibre don’t have that mindset.

They leave the battle field as victors, or on a stretcher.

Was this evidence of Federer’s fallibility?

Look at the result. He won. Job done.

That’s not evidence of anything but a winner.

Huh Says:

Federer talking about Rafa’s return, particularly interesting to me are his exact quotes contained in the article the link to whom I have given below.


Also another real interesting article:


Huh Says:

Federer talking about Rafa’s return, particularly interesting to me are his exact quotes contained in the article the link to whom I have given below.


Huh Says:

C’mon guys, be real, Nadal is the current world No.1 and not Federer! What’d you have said if the reverse had happened and Rafa’d have been called No.1 at a time when Fed was No.1? I don’t think you’d have been talking of cutting the article writer any slack in that case.

guy Says:

actually i don’t think falla should get any credit. it’s kind of pathetic the amount of chokers on the pro tour. serving for the match on grass and broken, getting bagelled in the 5th on grass?
clearly falla just capitulated.
these are supposed to be the best players in the world, hungry for victory etc. and this kind of thing happens all the time outside the top handful of players. so much mental weakness. and then there’s the wta…

huh, for the mental toughness comments the other day, i agree about hewitt and roddick. except roddick has had countless mental issues with fed, but with everyone else is very mentally tough.
nadal and hewitt are the toughest on tour though i’d say. fed is next but only because of his ego. he’s actually more fragile and will crack under enough pressure, just rarely gets pressured enough. he rides confidence more than nadal and hewitt, who just fight til the death no matter how they’re playing.

grendel Says:

“actually i don’t think falla should get any credit. it’s kind of pathetic the amount of chokers on the pro tour.”

It’s a matter of experience. Falla has simply not remotely been in such a situation before. He was a lot tougher than he was in Paris – when he was also at the very least matching Federer – and if he gets another chance, expect him to improve again. People aren’t robots.

Mental toughness – imho – is not easy to calibrate. Everyone has their own personal demons to deal with, concerning which the rest of us are essentially ignorant. Slick rushes to judgement about character are therfore perhaps unadvisable.


It is very unfortunate that when I was having a go at you, quite independently another poster was also. That must have been horrific for you, and you must have felt hounded. Also, I can just come on much too heavy, I know that, and am very sorry if I have caused you distress. It’s only bloody tennis!

Polo Says:

Grendel, I am beginning to really like you. Thanks for being very broadminded and the ability to translate them well into words.


Good win for Querrey today. He’s underperformed at slams losing in the 1st round many times. His best slam result was the 08 USO where he beat Berdych, Karlovich and lost in the R16 to Nadal in 4 sets. He should match that run here where he would face Murray in the R16.


Nadal is taking the court. Nishikori won 3 matches in the Eastbourne qualies then lost in the 1st round. He actually retired with an injury in that match so he’s had about a week of rest to get healthy. Good luck with that.

Huh Says:

Thanks for your view ‘GUY’!


BTW, it’s so unfortunate that someone is pretending absolute fairness towards Zola. Good for me.

dari Says:

Hope somebody has good naval commentary I can check scores but I’m not near a tv!

stu Says:

Jamey Blakey out!

Polo Says:

It still rings in my ears what James Blake said after losing in the first round of French Open last year that clay is not suited for Americans like him and that he was happy to move on to Wimbledon where he (and according to him, other Americans) excel. He went on to lose in the first round of Wimbledon last year. Same result again this year. Only Roddick among the Americans can rightfully claim expertise on grass…and he does not even do that. I won’t miss James.

Polo Says:

Happy for Querrey. I hope he can move deeper in the tournament.

Aravind Says:

Nadal looking very good. He is going to take some stopping this year at Wimby..

Huh Says:

I can’t say either that I’m crestfallen about Blake’s loss.

Polo Says:

Huh, Blake’s crest has fallen (literally and figuratively) a long time ago. Sorry for the pun…I just can’t let that opportunity go.

Huh Says:


May be you’re right to some extent when you say that Fed’s stubbornness might be actually putting him under some extra pressure. But what can we Fed fans do when Fed himself admits that he has created his own demon!!

Huh Says:

I like it Polo, no need to say sorry! ;)

Huh Says:

But the crest of Blake still looked tough to scale for JMDP at OZ 10, no? ;)

Polo Says:

Federer has reached the heights of tennis and the reward for that is that he can pretty much do and say anything. Yet he has remained a gentleman in words and in deed. You can throw mud at him and it will not stick.

Polo Says:

This Nadal-Nishikori match is a bit boring. It lacks the excitement generated by the Federer-Falla duel. I turned blue and almost passed out from holding my breath from the second set to the middle part of the fifth set. Next time Federer plays, I will have an oxygen tank and mask on hand.

Huh Says:

Of course, Fed’s a gentleman and not just that, he’s also honest, straightforward and sincere in his words and deeds.

Polo Says:

That Blake win over del Potro at the 2010 Australian was a crown on Blake’s denuded crest.

Huh Says:

Good for Rafans that their guy’s not giving them fits and goosebumps.

Huh Says:


I think it was Cilic who beat DP.

Polo Says:

You are correct, Huh. It was the other way around. Del Potro indeed plucked his shiny bald crest.


stu Says:
Jamey Blakey out!

What? I thought Blake was part of the brutal opposition Nadal would be facing in his section of the draw.

I watched part of the 2nd set and Nadal did look sharp.

Polo Says:

another top seed having a hard time, Murray. Only Nadal looks invincible of the top 4. Roddick was impressive yesterday.

Huh Says:

C’mon Muzza, kick butt!


One thing about Nadal that I don’t really hear people talk about is how good he handles slice shots hit to his forehand or in many cases the slice is hit to his backhand, but he runs around it to hit the forehand. He looks to hand out serious punishment every time his opponent hits a slice. He has heavy topsin on the forehand which allows him a margin of error even on low bouncing slices. If you have a flat shot it can be a little trickier handling the slice because you have to hit up on a low ball and your shot doesn’t have much topspin to bring it back down in the court. Also, his forehand grip is not as extreme as Roddick or Djokovic. One other thing is most players have a bent elbow that to one degree or another is kept close to the body on the swing. Nadal has a straight arm forehand so on low balls when you need to extend the arm downward it is natural for him to do that because he hits with a straight arm anyway.

Huh Says:


Wherever you’re, congrats on Rafa’s nice start to WIM with a fine straight set victory in his first round match. :)

Mindy, Anna and Ezorra:

Congrats to you people too! :D

stu Says:

Anyone watching the Murray match? What’s the problem there?

Polo Says:

If there is anybody whose chance of winning this year’s Wimbledon carries the least amount of doubt, it is Nadal.

Aravind Says:

Muzza starting to look good here. If there is anyone with the class and chance to beat Nadal, it has got to be him..

Polo Says:

Murray was broken early in the first set. He recovered in the later part of the set and finally took it. Sigh of relief…

andrea Says:

after watching the fed/falla match yesterday, roger didn’t really play that poorly. some obvious chuffed net balls and other assorted UE’s, but the ball was sounding like a gun coming off of both guy’s rackets for the first 4 sets. lots of power.

it was a shame that falla crumbled trying to serve it out, but nerves creep in, even with the best. who could forget the double fault nadal tossed in at 5-2 in the 4th set tie breaker during the ’08 W final?

good to see novak get it together last night and come up with some blazing shots near the end of the match. it’s still weird to watch them play on that court at night.

Huh Says:



Also congrats to Mrs.Von, Mrs. Jane, Kimmi and other Muzza lovers!

Cheers for Colin too!

Fot Says:

Not a lot of ‘drama’ today, as I thought.

Murray started out his match with that same old ‘passive’ strokes and all that did was let Hajek break him. Then Murray started picking up the pace on his shots and now he has that match under control. He needs to put those ‘passive’ shots in the bag.

Soderling is just out hitting Ginepri right now so that match is history;

One of the best matches I watched was Tsonga/Kindrick. Too bad it didn’t get to another tie-break to finish it out, but good win for Tsonga;

Nadal did what I thought. I don’t know who these folks are that said that would be a tough match for Nadal. Maybe if his opponent hadn’t been out injured all year he could have put up more of a fight, but I knew he wouldn’t really do anything to hurt Nadal and expected a 3-set win for Nadal in that one.

Baghdatis match was a little surprising. I thought he would win that one but he lost.

The women are going to form except I was a little surprise to see that BOTH French Open finalist are out in the first round. I thought at least Sam would move further with her groundstrokes and serve. Oh well.

And a little advice: I would not crown anyone champion based on ONE match. I think we need to wait to see how they play the rest of the 2 weeks first. So much can happen by that time. Someone can play a great first round, then struggle in the 2nd, or vice versa. Just my twocents.

Tennis Fan Says:

Looks like Federer and Djok are the only players who have actually faced someone who has their game together in the first round. I think Nishikori was a bit over-hyped (he didnt demonstrate any mental toughness) and Murray’s competition looked well scouted by the Brit’s for his first round bye into the tournament.

Fed tough first round and probably Djokovics games will probably only help their level of play going forward.

Wiping the court with an upcompetitive player may not be the best preparation …when things actually get tough …

Fot Says:

Tennis fan – I agree although I do remember Roger saying (when a reporter asked him if he wanted a tough match or one where he straight-set and crush the player), Roger said “I prefer straight sets and crushing”. lol! As a fan, I prefer that too! *wink*

I’m just glad he got through by any means necessary!

Malisse is up 4-1 on Ferrero in the first. A lot of folks actually picked Malisse in this one based on how Ferrero has been playing lately.

Fot Says:

In the tiebreak with Verdasco/Fognini – no one wants it! lol! Fognini has had 4 set points and missed on all of them; same with Verdasco! lol!

It’s now 8-8 in the tiebreak. Oh, make that 9-8 for Fognini – his 5th set point. Wonder can he make this one? lol!

Tennis Vagabond Says:

Things have gotten interesting, I think. Not just Fed’s scare, but the supporting characters stepping up. Roddick, Murray and Soderling are looking great. Soderling had about 58 winners to 11 UEs. That is freaky. So we have 1 legit threat in Fed’s way, and 2 in Rafa’s. If Berdych or Djoker or Hewitt or Tsonga or Querrey start looking good, we could have a great tourney here. Even with those 5 as the Big Dogs its a great mix of styles, personalities, nationalities. A great tennis jambalaya.
Can Murray bring the Oz attack game against Nadal again? That would be a really great match.

margot Says:

jane, kimmi: Andy looking good and first serve firing!
jane: are you perchance on a motoring holiday?? Surely, surely not….
grendel: re Andy and the media, yes I too prefer the previous Murray but in those days the media used to have him on toast for breakfast. I expect he can well do without that particular nuisance. Look at all this ridiculous fuss over bowing to the queenie, who hates tennis BTW, what, second appearance in 33 years! God give me strength.
Rafa looked absolutely invincible today…
polo: BBC showing 5 matches at once so have managed to avoid John Lloyd tee hee. He lives in US BTW so soon he could be sharing the waves with your very own Mary Carillo…tee hee…

margot Says:

Thanks Huh!

Fot Says:

margot, Directv in the states is showing 6 matches at one time (or rather 5) so it’s great to be able to choose which ones to watch.

Fognini is leading 4-1 in the 2nd after winning the first on Verdasco;

Isner is up a break on Mahut 5-4 in the first;

They have Azarenka/Lucic on one channel. They are just starting. Deuce in the first game;

Wozniacki is running away with her match 6-1 3-0 so I’m not watching that one.

Malisse is still doing pretty well after taking the first set and tied 3-3 in the 2nd.


That will be a terrible loss if Verdasco can’t beat Fognini on grass.

Encouraging to see Isner get a break of serve.

Polo Says:

Margot, I was scared to turn on the TV this morning when I found out that Serena will be playing de Brito. And I knew Mary Carillo would be commentating. I simply do not have the mental fortitude nor the eardrums to withstand incessant noise. It would be like the vuvuzelas invaded Wimbledon.

Fot Says:

I love me some Serena, but I think (especially in the 2nd set) Serena was going to show the youngester that she can scream just as loud as her!

Fot Says:

So is Verdasco gonna pull a “Federer” today? He’s down 2-sets to zero to Fognini.

Polo Says:

Margot, John Lloyd possibly sharing the waves with Carillo? Thanks a lot for ruining my day!

Fot Says:

Don’t look now but Mahut, after losing the first set, is up 3-0 in the 2nd over Isner

sheila Says:

whew!! roger please get threw & win. if falla, left hander, gave him a hard time, look @ other leftys in his draw: lopez, meltzer, verdasco. imho, roger seemed passive for most of his match w/falla. wasnt aggressive till the 5th set. i like what roddick said about federers match. he said the press & commentators always put the drama spins & that there has been no talk in the lockerroom concerning rogers game. still, its hard not to believe players going out there dont feel roger is fragile. just hoping roger takes the tournament.

Fot Says:

shelia, I hope Roger plays well tomorrow too…but, not to worry you any further…

I don’t know much about Roger’s 2nd round opponent but I looked up his stats from his first match. He had 27 aces and only 2 double faults and according to the stats, he had (get this): 109 winners to 29 errors. Wow! Roger better be on guard again since he’s never played this guy.

tennisfansince76 Says:

whatever happened to JCF? the guy was ranked #1 on the computer ( not really #1 but ) was a clay court monster. i understand he really was never a true #1 but he should at least be a factor. instead he is like a ghost.

Fot Says:

Well JCF lives to see another day. He just won the 2nd set in a tiebreak that he should have lost.

Colin Says:

Margot, you’re so right about the Queen. The only sporting charcters she wants to watch have four legs and hooves. Her last Wimbledon visit, when of course a Brit (Virginia Wade) actually won the title, was an embarassment, as she was obviously not the least bit interested. After all, she’s paid to pretend to be interested.
Murray was OK against Hayek once he got into his stride, though there were too many loose forehands for my taste. At least his serve was in pretty good shape. When Hayek was doing so well, I was waiting for someone in the crowd to shout “Come on, Selma!”

Polo Says:

tennisfansince76, Ferrero was ranked #1 in 2003 (yes, really and that is true). He won one French and was a finalist in another French and one US Open. Those are accomplishments that he should be lauded for and not devaluated. Not a lot of professional players have reached that level. He is 30 years old now and still able to beat many younger players.

Tennis Vagabond Says:

In fact, the Ferrero, Roddick, Federer dynamic in 2003 was the last time tennis was competitive until the Pax Federer ended with Nadal’s challenge in 2008. Remember how exciting the end of ’03 was? You had Ferrero, Roddick and Fed each jostling for #1, with Hewitt and Safin as fellow worldbeaters. The Masters Cup that year was the climax of the New Balls Please generation, with Fed winning and basically beginning to separate himself from Andy and JCF..

aleish17 Says:

Hi Huh!
I just read your post above. Thanks! I just got home from work so I wasn’t able to see the match but im just glad he pulled it off.

Congrats to Fed too! Barely made it out but he still got some air to finish and win the match against Falla.

Best of luck to your fav!

Best of luck also to Rafa!

skeezerweezer Says:

Congrats to Rafa, Murray and his fans. Nice 1rst rounder.

Regarding Fed’s match. Just finished watching the replay of his match against Falla. Some posters think Fed played well? I think he looked ok, but…..strategically? IMHO he was just hitting to many short balls in the court. When you hit short balls to your opponent ( I am talking just behind the service line ) you are asking for trouble, I don’t care who you are. Whether this was result of being mental or poor technique only Fed knows. Gotta hit them deep near the baseline a short in front of the service line……a lot of other parts of the game will fall apart as a result……..keep saying the focus/concentration is not there FOR THE WHOLE MATCH….he did play a good TB and 5th. He has got to play wayyyyy better though, just my IMO.

Fot Says:

skeezerweezer, I don’t think Roger played well but it was more that Falla played great, I think. Like you said, Roger didn’t really get in the groove until the tiebreak in the 4th, to me. Falla was reading Roger’s serve, returning great, hitting winners…he was ‘on’. I’m glad Roger ‘upped his game in the tiebreak and the 5th set.

skeezerweezer Says:


Thanks for calling me out on that, I did fail to mention Falla did play great, which he did, and obviously could have made Fed hit some of those. Regardless there were plenty of shots that Fed was set for that he left too short in the court……

I was just reading his interview and he was calling himself out on things he is lacking, consistency with his service game, and return BP’s. Glad to know he is very aware of those items also and needs improvement…..

Still, he is in the second round :)

tennisfansince76 Says:

Polo, I am not devaluing JCF. I just don’t understand how he could falll off the map like that?
he should have played well at the French at least for the last several years but has been a non factor. its justr a lack of comprehension. i could see him being pushed down to the lower part of the top 10 but he has been a ghost for like 5 years now.

tennisfansince76 Says:

everbody is saying Falla played well. maybe so. shall we expect him in the top 5 soon? if not then RF did not play well.

Fot Says:

tennisfansince76, I don’t think that’s the way to think. Sometimes players have that ONE match where they plays ‘lights out’ then don’t play like that again. That’s why a lot of times when a player produces an ‘upset’ they go on to lose the next match! So no…I don’t think we’ll see him in the top 5 soon – but who knows? lol! Stranger things have happened!

stu Says:

Super sucky Wimby for Nando.

margot Says:

Polo: :)

Huh Says:

W2el guys, since about the beginning of 2008(or may be you can also say towards end of 2007) much has been said about the arrival of Fed’s new rivals, improvement of his arch rivals(e.g. Rafa), mono, lung infection, increasing age, loss of Fed’s focus, lack of his determination, drop in motivation and similar other things to offer the explanation about the decline of Fed. Each of these factors have also contributed in some way or the other to pave the way for Fed’s decline. Fed has also been blamed for being mentally weak on critical points in some matches. But to me, it has occurred that there’s one thing which has led to Fed’s downfall from his peak and that thing is his lack of movement which may be attributed to his age. The lack of movement has hurt Fed the most in every match, the loss of Fed’s court coverage(thanks to his age) has really led to Fed not being able to play his natural game in most matches. What can Fed do if he can’t run and cover the court as well as he used to do? Fed has very little margin for error and it’s amazing how much damage this loss of his super fast former court coverage has done to his overall game and consequently decisively affected the outcome of some of the important matches of his life. Be it the WIM 08 final or USO 08 match vs Andreev, AO 09 match vs Berdych & Rafa and many other similarly important matches including the match yesterday vs Falla, Fed due to his loss of speed is unable to get to the balls which he easily used to do previously and how much pain Fed to endure due to this in those post-07 5 setters against Rafa/Andreev/Berdych/Falla is anybody’s guess. Yesterday match was also no different, no doubt Falla was playing real great tennis for much of the part, but I know Fed coulda done much better only if could reached the ball as early as he used to when he was younger, to hit his shots. Fed coulda won yesterday’s match without much difficulty if he didn’t lose his gifted previous court coverage. But as Fed’s not getting younger and as such his movement and court coverage are probably gonna deteriorate even further, I have to say, we Fed fans’re in for a roller-coaster ride. :/

Huh Says:

I don’t think if Fed coulda moved as well as he would before he was affected by mono, then guys like Andreev/Berdy/Falla would be able to stretch Fed to 5 sets at slams or look so super-human vs Fed!

dari Says:

Huh, Roger still seems quite fast to me, and to many commentators. his footwork, the small steps are still superb, but maybe the first step or recovery is off. it still seems that he moves quite well. I saw some superb gets in the falla match, so I am still not convinced.

Skeezerweezer Says:

Well Sampras and Agassi at 29 won GS titles, no?
You have to move really well throughout the tourney to win those . You can also say that you are mentally burnt out and don’t know it, thus brain controls body equals lack of movement, shankopotomous,etc. I know Fed says he still loves the game and is motivated but your brain can get tired as well no matter what heart or determination you have. Have you noticed Fed looks brilliant in a match now with magical stuff but then has a bad service game or hits some shanks out of the blue and we have a match. I keep going back to concetration and focus, and having that for 6-7 years to stay at the top, how long can you do that? Just sayin the probilities kick in, no? Course he could Wimby again, what do I know? Lol

Mindy Says:


Thanks for the kind words about Rafa. I see that Murray seems to be showing some of his old form. I am thinking that we will see a Murray/Tsonga quarterfinal. Grass seems to be exactly what Murray needed to get back to form.

I am not writing Fed off at all! The one thing that a player has to do is get through the early rounds. Whether you win easy or hard, a win is a win. Fed was pretty honest in his take on the match. Falla made a great effort but seemed to get tired or bothered by his hamstring. It doesn’t matter, because if you want to take out someone like Fed, you have to be ready to stay on that court for as long as it takes. If the fitter player wins, so be it. I expect Fed to be well prepared and ready to go in his second round match.

I am pleased with the way Rafa played today. He can be a slow starter, but I thought he looked much better than he did in his first round match at RG. Rafa is a confidence player and when he is feeling it, then everyone else better get out of his way. I thought he looked very sharp out there today. He isn’t at his best yet, but I am pleased with his forehand, cross court backhand and serve, movement on the court.

My feeling right now is that Hewitt will not be able to handle the rigors of a grand slam tournament. If Djoko gets some confidence from his tough win against Rochus, maybe he can play his way into form. I was thinking that Hewitt will take out Djoko in the quarters, but I am reserving judgment for now. I have to see more.

I am continuing with my policy of not addressing any issues regarding the draw.

Huh Says:

Hi Mindy!

Well, thanks first of all for giving Fed the deserved props for coming through the first round against a guy who played great and quality tennis. Mindy, I really felt while watching the match that the quality of tennis at times from both guys was just “incredible and breathtaking and even beautiful”! I knew it’d be heartbreaking for Falla, but I had to support Fed at all costs, can’t help it, coz had Fed lost in the first round itself of his beloved WIM, I’m sure that’d have signalled the end of Fed. No matter how much one likes Fed’s rivals’ tennis, I guess all’d unanimously agree that tennis at the moment will become much poorer without Fed. Unless Rafa or somebody else takes over the charge of Fed in truest sense of the term, I would like to believe that Fed is required for tennis. I think even you must be agreeing with me here.

And yeah, I wouldn’t have written Fed off even if he had lost in the first round at this year’s WIM. I think as long as Fed feels he has the chance at slams, he’d continue to play tennis, regardless of the problems that he may face. The only day Fed will stop playing is when the feel for the game’d be gone, but until that happens, Fed’ll continue to believe in himself and that means I’d also continue to believe in his chances. I think, a player of Fed’s stature can’t be simply be written off as long he stays a professional. But then, only time would tell. Admittedly, I’d like him to win at least one more slam, if not more. However, I’d be “fully satisfied” if he ends up with an even number of slam count, i.e. 18. Now he’s 16. so all hope is not lost for this forever foremost Fed fan.



On a different note Mindy,

I like Hewitt more than I never liked Djokovic, so depending upon my sentiments, I’d like your earlier prediction of Hewitt beating Nole to be correct. I wish Hewitt all the best until he faces Rod, if at all, as in that case, I’ve to root for Rod a bit more, though I like both guys as hell, but even moreso coz Hewitt has a WIMBY while Rod hasn’t.

And last but not the least, thank you very much also for the kind words regarding Muzza. I hope you’re right again and both Muzza and Tsonga reach the quarterfinals, in that case I’d like of course for Muzza to beat him. And if there’s a Rafa v. Murray in the semifinal, you and I can be ready to take on each other using the “popcorn” bullets as I’m gonna like to see Murray beating Rafa while you’re gonna love just the reverse happening! ;)

Huh Says:

You’re most welcome Dear Aleish! :)

Huh Says:


I agree that Roger’s movement is still good. But I also believe that it’s nowhere near as well as in the past.

jane Says:

margot, I am relieved to see that Murray won with relative ease. I assumed he would, as when I checked the scores this morning, he was up 7-5, 3-0. Yes, I’m on a coastal highway jaunt with my hubby and son – mad, crazy, insane, I know. But the boys love it.

Huh, am enjoying reading your exuberant posts. I do think you’re right about Fed being a step slower, and as Sean says, Fed is a “timing guy” (or something like that) so that one step slower can throw things off. But Fed sure seemed fast at the AO! ; )

Oh well, fingers crossed for the big guns tomorrow.

Kimmi, sorry Hotsauce has kind of cooled off for the moment; but as conty says, he can heat up again on the hard courts.

Mindy Says:


It’s not hard for me to say what I think about Fed. I respect his considerable achievements in the sport of tennis. I can see that he loves the game. I can certainly appreciate that quality. Rafa and Fed have always had a wonderful relationship. They both genuinely like and respect each other. It’s real. I don’t know that Rafa and Fed fans will ever get to that point, but it doesn’t have to degenerate into a war of words. Fed is still very much in this thing.

I actually would like to see Hewitt do well here. I am pleased to see him playing well at this late stage in his career. He has been through a lot, but I certainly hope he can find the stamina to get through these matches and have a great result.

At this point I am still just trying to get to see the contenders play a few matches, so I can have a better sense of where they are at with their respective games. I have not yet seen Hewitt, and it’s early, so I will hope to check out his matches and see how he looks.

I don’t know what will happen with Djoko. Sometimes when you survive a five setter early on, it gives you a boost of confidence, which he could use right now. I would really like to see Roddick do well here. I have a good feeling about him, even though I have only seen a bit of his first match.

Yes, if Murray and Rafa get to the semis, I think that I may have to stay away. It would be easier, because we will both be passionately cheering our favorites. I still get nervous thinking too far ahead. Rafa takes it one match at a time and I am trying to do the same.

Here’s to more great tennis tomorrow!:)

Huh Says:

“I like Hewitt more than I never liked Djokovic”

Sorry guys, was a typo error. So please read it as

“I like Hewitt more than I ever liked Djokovic”

Huh Says:


Glad to see you back! :)

Yeah, you’re right when you say Fed (somehow) moved well in this AO. I have numerous times stated that this year’s AO winning performance is his best performance since the end of his domination, but I think it was one-off. I don’t expect to see emphatic slam wins from him anymore like he used to do from 04-07. Fed definitely needs some luck at this point to clinch any further slam. I don’t need him to win another slam this year though, I hope that next year he wins another slam, don’t care how much lucky he needs to get to do that, coz luck also has its own cost!

aleish17 Says:

Hello X peepz!

Does anyone have any idea where I can watch the replay of the Wimby matches? If I cant find any, then I will quit my job so I can watch tennis all year round. lol

Huh Says:

No no Aleish, don’t quit job coz job brings $$ which’s much more important to us than Fed/Rafa winning! ;)

aleish17 Says:

just kidding Huh. I wanted to watch the replay of the matches but I cant seem to find one site that features the replay of the Wimby matches. Fed is scheduled to play today right?

Huh Says:

Yes Aleish, hope Fed wins today’s match in three sets.

aleish17 Says:

Best of luck to your fav Roger!
Looking forward to his match today. Im at home so I’ll be able to watch his match.

One match at a time for our respective favs. Just hang on in there. He survived 2 sets down last Monday, so we’ll wait and see how will he react to it.

My fav is resting right now so no need for me to shout vamos for Rafa today. I’ll reserve it for tomorrow.

Cheers to your man!

Mg Mg Says:

Fed is just 28. He is not that old. He will make it to the Final as always. I hope we can see Roger/Rafa rematch this year. I don’t see Fed beating those young talented guys like Murry, Novak and others when he is 30+. Now he is still invincible to me.

Jurasick Says:

Can someone please advise Federer to get a haircut? Gosh, that unruly mop of his truly irritates me. Even more than the quality of his game. We can all see that Federer’s lost the ability to hit the ball cleanly. Maybe he needs a clean-up job, both on his shots and for his hair!

Huh Says:

Thank you so much for your nice and kind words Aleish! :P

Huh Says:

Mg Mg:

If (and it’s indeed a big ‘IF’, particularly for Federer) this year it again happens a Fed v Rafa affair at WIM final, then it’d without doubt be ‘the defining moment’ of Fed with regards to his rivalry with Nadal. If Fed beats Rafa in final(of course adding again that should both of them get there first), then Fed can be continued to be considered as overall better than Nadal. But if Rafa again happens to beat Fed, then I would be forced to admit that Rafa is as great as at least, if not better, than Fed, since it’d become undeniable in the latter case. And Fed’s alleged GOAThood would become even more questionable, if it’s already not, right now! Rafa may or may not beat win 16 slams, but it’s not inconceivable that if he keeps beating Fed in slams over and over again(God forbid!) without Fed beating him at least in some, from now onwards, then it’d be only logical to say that whatever no. of slams Rafa might end up achieving, he’d have to be considered as better than Federer! In fact, if Nadal ends up with something like 9-2/10-2/10-3/11-3 or similar winning record over Fed in slams, then I’m afraid, Nadal’d be invariably regarded as better than Fed in the eyes of most, this much even if Rafa gets stuck at 10 slams by career end! If you ask why, then I’d say that if one can have such an insane record over the alleged GOAT Federer, then many people’d love to think that Nadal has seriously underachieved with 10 slams! If he can prove himself to be a guy to thoroughly dominate Fed in slams, then it’s plausible to say that Nadalites can proudly claim that without injury and other hiccups, Nadal’d have certainly surpassed Fed and it’d become impossible to deny it for even the staunchest of Federer fans!

But if with the probable aforementioned sick positive record over Fed, Rafa’s able to conjure up 12 or more slams, then literally speaking, it’d be kind of just ‘forget about Fed’!

But all this is just speculation after all, which I am hopefully allowed to do here. Time will surely put Fed and Rafa in the places which they deserve to be in, by their respective career ends. So may be, I and others have no option but to wait patiently.

Last but not the least, if Fed and Rafa are indeed destined to meet in the final, which we’d know in some days as to whether or not that’s gonna happen, I hope Fed beats him and puts all controversies and arguments to rest.

That said, I must again repeat that a Fed v Rafa WIM final is not my first preference at this point coz I first and foremost want Roddick to win this WIM! Roddick winning WIM is my real wish this year! :)
Whatever else happens, wouldn’t excite me as much, not even a Fed victory in a possible Fed-Rafa final; the only other thing which can come close in terms of exciting me is if Murray wins WIM! :)

Polo Says:

Djokovic used to be highly ranked in my favorites list, right after Federer who is permanently ranked first in my list. But something happened along the way and now I find him irritating to watch. I have scratched him off my list.

Linda Says:

I don’t see any comments about the women. There are women playing–right?

Cindy_Brady Says:


I certainly agree with you. Federer’s sub-par play is directly related to the length of his hair. His hair stylist should be fired, immediately!

Roger is just eeking by against nobodies. I can’t wait for his heinousness to play against a seed. It won’t be as epic as the Isner/mahut match but it will glorious watching Fed lose.

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