Were you surprised as I was when Roger Federer didn’t convert two match points at the Madrid Open … and then went on to lose his against Dominic Thiem?
It is Not Unusual
Thanks to tennis pro friend Steve Diamond for this report from the USTA website.
“Aggressive play saved [Roger] in the third round against Gael Monfils, when he fended off two match points. But in his next match against Dominic Thiem—currently playing some of the most impressive tennis of his career—Federer couldn’t convert his opportunities to close out the victory, losing two match points of his own.
“As surprising a result as it might be for the player many consider the best to ever pick up a racquet, it’s not the first time that has happened to Federer.
“It’s not even the first time that’s happened against Thiem in their head-to-head encounters—with the other occasion occurring on grass in Stuttgart in 2016.
“Since his late-career renaissance in 2017, Federer has lost from match point up on four other occasions. Granted, closing out a win is difficult at any level, but for the man who’s made tennis look ridiculously easy at times, those results stand out.
“Over the past two years, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray—Federer’s peers in the ATP’s Big 4—have only seen victory snatched away twice between all of them.”
Sign of Aging?
Is it a sign that my personal favorite player is inevitably aging? Or just other players having a good day vs. “the greatest of all time”?
What do YOU think?
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