Monday, November 10, 2008

Shanghai surprise


I didn't see that coming!

Roger Federer fell to Gilles Simon in three sets today. That's a great win for Simon, but the deeper question is what does that mean for Roger? I didn't get to see the match, due to this work thing and all, but from what I've read, he made a lot of errors.

Does that mean he's rusty? Is his back still hurting? Does Simon have his number? I was expecting him to lose a match during the round-robin portion, but I thought that was going to come against Andy Murray, not the tournament's emergency space filler. Now, Federer has to win his matches against Andys Roddick and Murray to increase his shots at advancing.

That's a pretty tall order, but I guess if anyone can do it, he can.

(And a special shout-out to my girl Madonna on the headline!)

(Photo: Getty Images)

7 comments:

Shelia said...

Smacked me right in the face too Van, lol!

Funny, because while I was reading USA Today's article on the USTA having fallen by the wayside and trying to revamp itself, Roddick is out in the first round. Proof positive.

heyheyhey said...

Roger's forehand let him down again. He also had a frustrated, defeated look about him that he's had quite a bit this year. But you never know...maybe the loss is the kick in the pants he needed.
Simon has the same body language he did when he went far a few weeks ago. Look out, people!

Rich said...

Shanghai Surprise - LOL! What a terrible movie for Madge, though what movie of hers wasn't???

TopSpin said...

Hey Van...
Yeah I too was a bit surprised to see the reemergence of the Roger from before the US open. It shows, I suppose that its not always possible to click back into gear quite so smoothly - more so now that there's better competition at the top. Hopefully though, this spell will be short lived - it's not so much the losses that bother me - it's just you want to see him play to his usual high level - like when he lost to Murray in Madrid for example - Federer didn't lose that match, Murray had to win it.

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van said...

Hey everyone! It would be pretty weird to see him knocked out of the tournament. I can't wait to watch that match with he and Roddick. That could potentially be a good one. I think the pressure has to be on Roger moreso, so Andy might just come out there and fire away.

hcfoo said...

I can't believe it too. Like what the media said, these new breed of players are immune to Roger now.

freakyfrites said...

That photo says stomach virus to me.