The match was shaping like a typical Federer-Roddick encounter. Roddick gives his all in the first set and comes very close to winning it – this time he did – and then fades away for the remaining sets due to the energy expended to play a close first set.
Federer had a flashback to all those typical encounters and that blue print subconsciously assumed the same result this time. Result: Federer took his foot off the gas pedal which resulted in his game reverting to pre AO mono days without the scaffolding. The safety net being weaved here from the pre AO showing had not strengthened enough to hold that weight. He fell flat on his face.
For everyone crying mono, you have to look at these stats that clearly point to a slide after the loss to Canas, but more importantly after he celebrated his 26th birthday.
Mono may have something to do with it, but at this point based on what Federer himself has said at pressers, it may be too minuscule to affect his game so drastically. I think lack of match play against quality opponents or let me put it this way – sustained quality time on court against progressively quality opponents is what’s the major part of it.
I know I have to freaking esssplain this to you lazy spoon fed freaks. Geeeeeeeeezzzzzz!!!! You see the falling of Wawrinka, Hewitt and Robredo has a great deal to do with it, exacerbated by the retirement of Soderling, causing Federer to jump in the pool filled with cold freezing water.
I have no doubt that had Federer not received the snap in his momentum by Haas’s and Soderling’s retirement and the falling of the quality seeds, he would have certainly had a much better outing both here and at Indian Wells.
Mono may have started it all back in January, but the other planets that illness brought into orbit have now taken a life of their own. And the draw and the tomato cans he has faced, which would have been considered an advantage under normal circumstances, have actually hurt and is continuing to hurt him.
Solution? Revise your schedule to include more than usual tournaments with no regard to actually winning each one of them. Be happy to get enough match play to separate yourself from the dark cloud overhead. If mono is in remission, the train should eventually shift back on the tracks. It may take time but at least you are on your way.
I don’t think the days of him winning three GS in a year are ever going to come back. That phase is over and the sooner he accepts that and moves on the sooner he will achieve whatever else he can achieve.
For if he continues to hack away at the jungle mess without addressing the problems – exactly what he has done so far – and hoping for a different result, the end is not far.
Sampras and Borg are jumping on their bed after locking the bedroom door right about now. Wimbledon hopes of Roddick, Nadal, Murray and even Gasquet are shooting through the roof.
If you think Roddick has been hyper so far, you have no idea what kind of frenzy he is going to be in from now till the Wimbledon finals. That fiancee agreed to the engagement at the wrong time, for here comes a load of action she may not have signed up for.