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Still Feeling It

Playing in his first match back since his defeat at the hands of Rafael Nadal in the epic Wimbledon final, Roger Federer looked as if he was still feeling it. Fed went down to Indy champion, Gilles Simon, 6-2, 5-7, 4-6. Perhaps even worse than losing the match are the ranking points he is going to lose from this. The defending finalist will lose about 350 points, while No. 2, Nadal, has semifinal points to defend. Roger said after the match that he caught a cold, but is that really the reason? Or could this really be the beginning of the end of Roger Federer? It’s been said a lot since the Aussie Open, but I always thought Fed would get himself together at Wimbledon. Now he’s got one shot left at the U.S. Open. Federer’s performance there will tell us a lot about the future.

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  1. notanothertennisfan says:

    After Wimbledon, Michael Wilbon put Federer’s loss into historical perspective. Wilbon pointed to the careers of McEnroe and Borg and noted where they were in their careers – and in age – when they lost the No. 1 ranking and never gained it back… well, as much as it pains me to say it, it’s about that time for Roger. And even though I actually don’t care about him being No. 1, I do really care about his Grand Slam total. I think what we’re going to have then is another two or three years where Roger will scrap and claw and fight for as many Slam titles as he can get before Nadal starts running away with titles and Nole passes him by, too…

    I don’t think it will be as painful or embarassing to watch Federer’s last few years as it was, for me at least, to watch Sampras, but I do think the vibe will be similar.

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