Roger Federer Falters At Wimbledon
Roger Federer surprised everyone by losing a set at Wimbledon on Friday, even though he ended up winning the set. But Federer is 43-1 in his history since 2003 at the All England Club, with only 11 sets lost during that time. Federer called that match, against 27th ranked Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany, his best performance of the week. Now, Federer gets an entire weekend to rest before competing in the next round. Federer said it was nice to have Saturday and Sunday off, and to get off all the pressure before he goes again.
Federer will face Robin Soderling on Monday, whom he defeated in straight sets, in the French Open final round earlier this month. He earned a career Grand Slam and equaled the record set by Pete Sampras of fourteen majors. If Federer is successful here at Wimbledon he'll get his fifth title and break all sorts of records. His opponent on Monday is seeded 13th, and this is first time in this round at Wimbledon, won by beating Nicolas Almagro.
Other players that are also moving into the fourth round are Croatia's Ivo Karlovic who eliminated Jo-Wilifried Tsonga, seeded number nine, number seven seeded Fernando Verdasco who beat Albert Montanes, seeded number 32, Novak Djokovic the Serbian who knocked out Mardy Fish from the U.S. And Dudi Sela who dominated over number fifteen Tommy Robredo. Two matches went long and had to be suspended because it was just too dark to play, the first between Marin Cilic and Tommy Haas, and the second Igor Andreev and Andreas Seppi. Those will continue on Saturday.
As for Federer and Soderling, Federer may be feeling just a little twinge of fear right now. Robin Soderling stunned spectators and fans when he beat four time French Open Champion Rafael Nadal in the fourth round of Roland Garros. If he can beat Nadal on grass, can he stand up to Federer on clay? It's the same type of challenge, said Soderling. Then he added, “we'll see.”
Tags: Roger Federer, Wimbledon, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Robin Soderling, Grand Slam, Nicolas Almagro, Marin Cilic, Tommy Haas, Roland Garros
Posted: 29th June 2009
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