Federer losing his grip on the game

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Dusty Payne

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  • Federer losing his grip on the game

The former World No. 1 Swiss professional player Roger Federer after his defeat in Halle on Sunday said that he was not worried or shock by Lleyton Hewitt win. It seems that the Swiss is losing his grip on the court and is not playing his best as a disturbing trend is developing for the Swiss. The players whom the Swiss has already beaten in several occasions are turning up beating him and at that specific time when Wimbledon is just near the corner approaching fast. Federer the best player ever to swing a racket looks vulnerable and in trouble at the moment. Robin Soderling posted the first victory over Federer at the French Open after losing all his previous 12 meetings to the Swiss. He defeated the former world number 1 in the quarter finals, thus knocking him out of the tournament and ending his winning reign. That was the first time since 2004 French Open that Federer had failed to reach the semi-final of a grand slam. With the defeat Federer also lost his astonishing record sequence of 23 wins at French Open.
Federer previously suffered same type of defeat last November, when Nikolay Davydenko who like Soderling had lost all his previous 12 meetings defeated the Swiss for the first time. It seems as though the Swiss is perhaps superstitious about the number 13 as to both his opponents he has lost the 13th match after winning the previous 12 matches. Then there was another win under Federer’s arms which he eventually lost to Argentina’s Juan Martin Del Potro last September at U.S. Open final in New York. Federer throughout the match had the win in his bag but the Argentine somehow recovered and snatched the win from the Swiss hands. Del Potro again followed his winning streak this time up at the ATP Tour Finals in London where he once again defeated Federer and Davydenko did the same as the Ukrainian in January defeated Federer again in Doha.
In January this year Federer outclassed Andy Murray to win the Australian Open, his 16th grand slam victory. Since then he has failed to add more to his 62 career titles. In the year 2006 and 2007 when Federer was at his top form his defeats were greeted as doubt but this year however the odds have change and it looks as if he the defeats have become common and the victories however are in doubts. Federer also lost to Marcos Baghdatis’s in Indian Wells for the first time later on in Miami when Tomas Berdych defeated Federer and claimed his first win over the maestro in six years. Other players like Ernests Gulbis and Albert Montanes have also defeated Federer, whereas Rafael Nadal world number 1 had continued his dominance over Federer in Madrid. Nadal’s ended Federer record of being the World number 1 as he took the number 1 spot after winning his fifth French Open title, leaving Federer just weeks short of Pete Sampras’s record for total week spent as the No. 1 ranking.
At the moment it is not confirmed that whether the 28 year old Federer will be in a situation to seize the opportunity to be back in his old form and again starts his dominance in the court. Especially as Wimbledon is just at the corner Federer needs to improve his game as his chances in the tournament looks doubtful. However it is true that still Federer dominates the game and still is at the top of the chart where most of the players just dream of. It would be hard to see if the Swiss walk through the gates of Wimbledon and does not revive the fire that has been missing for most of the year. After Federer lost to Soderling and surrendered his French Open title, the Swiss still manages a few jokes and seems happy in the court. Only the   2009 French Open title was the missing piece in his cake and any other title he wins will be an extra topping on the cake for him.


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