Federer scrapes by Andreev in an embarrassing five-setter. Did the misery just get extended?
Posted by tennisplanet on September 2, 2008
Is the limelight reserved for Muller (next opponent) – in straight sets? Federer would have liked it to have ended here, considering a defeat to a qualifier would be worse than to a 23rd ranked player.
What a freaking pathetic display of freaking humiliating tennis. Anytime you reach almost three times as many unforced errors than your opponent, at any point in the match, you should be disqualified to play instantly.
This was more a case of Andreev turning into another Djokovic and floundering break points as if the next one was due next minute. Federer must be seriously shaken up with the result, if not devastated, despite the win. It could have gone either way considering how close the second tie-break was.
Are we just seeing the natural progression of the nose dive here or what? So a straight set win by a qualifier shouldn’t be a shocker? Nadal must be jumping off the trampoline with his uncle right about now.
Djokovic’s five setter few hours ago suddenly becomes a consolation match with a strong dose of ‘misery loves company’. Granted Andreev is not a complete tomato can, but you are gunning for your 13th Grand Slam for crying out loud. It’s not that Andreev was on this ‘Tsonga’ hot run to justify this spectacular performance.
With Djokovic and Nadal looming large, there has to be a quantum jump with where Federer is now, to just avoid losing in straight sets. Djokovic would love to dish out a bagel to feed his many frustrations from the US Open final loss to remarks directed at his parents.
My biggest barometer of what went on in the match is the number of break point opportunities offered. Federer offered more than twice he received – 15 to 7. This three hour 31 minute match will hurt Federer more than it will benefit him, unlike Djokovic.
My only fear is that the losses will get uglier – straight sets with bagels to tomato cans – to force Federer to hang up and quit. There is nothing on the board to not think otherwise.