Against Benneteau, Federer came to the net about 25 times, when his lifetime average for net approach is probably 3 or 4 per match. Even the clueless ESPN commentators noticed, that he was grumpy, and was clearly still reeling from the humiliating defeat last week.
He wanted to come out and bagel the Frenchman to make a statement. Instead, Bennetaeu gave him a good fight, at least in the first set, against the determined and focused Federer. Benneteau is ranked 68th in the world – a perfect player to come and dominate, to send a message to the rest of the field after the loss to Djokovic.
Considering the dynamic, I think, Federer fell far short of what he appeared to be gunning at – the jugular.
Against Baghdatis? If you watched that match, you got to be freaking out of your mind by now. There was no energy, passion etc. Well, the heat had something to do with it, but it affected both players.
It was pure luck and Bagdatis’s foolishness that won the match for Federer.
Not a good ‘couple of matches’ from Federer if you are his fan. With nobody of any mention left in the draw now, with Roddick out today, just close two setters now, are going to raise eyebrows – forget about three setters or if the title is not won – that would raise the flag, may be white in color.
Are you freaking kidding me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!