Ummm, Roger? I think it's time to get a little nervous.
For what seems like the umpteenth time in a row, Federer lost to Andy Murray, this time in Doha. I didn't get to see the match, but that scoreline looked a little troubling: 6-7, 6-2, 6-2. In my experience both playing and watching tennis, I've found that that indicates
A) The eventual winner just got off to a slow start.
B) There's no need for said winning player to worry after droping a first set because he has the guy on the other side's number.
C) The losing player is a level or two behind the winning player.
D) Some of the above.
E) All of the above.
Murray racking up wins at tournaments like these against Federer will only help him come Slam time. Plus, Murray has a Slam final under his belt, so that only helps him more experience-wise. I'm assuming these two will end up on opposite halves of the draw at the Australian Open based on their rankings. If it comes down to them making the finals, I don't think Federer will be able to count on his "been-there, done-that" experience as much. I found this statement a little troubling from him after losing:
“I hope when big matches come, I beat him.”
You lose that much to someone, then they all should be big matches.
An old friend of mine and I used to talk tennis for hours, whether it was our own games or what was happening in the pros. I've started Tennis Talk, Anyone? to, well, talk tennis with an even broader crowd! My name is Van Sias and I've been playing for 20 years now, and not only am I player, I'm a huge fan of the game as well: pro, amateur, you name it. I'll post links to news items related to the sport, and offer my own personal opinion, predictions and hopefully get some of yours as well.