So basically, he lost one of the if not THE most important match of his life. We've all seen him recover from epic losses before, but I think this one tops them all.
His reaction to this defeat really says it all. It's the most hurting loss of his career and therefore it will be something different to recover from this match as for example from the RG final.
I think he can come back, he is still the second best player in the world right now. Almost only Rafa can beat him.
Let's not forget Djokovic. Novak's best time of the season is coming now and he will be surely really motivated after his surprising early loss at Wimbledon.
I was there on centre court tonight, wish it had gone the other way but it was still a great match.
How lucky for you to be able to attend such a match, though it would have been of course better if there would have been a happy end.
As for what's next for Roger, I wish people wouldn't over dramatise so much.
Well, we see now what Roger had achieved almost weekly in the past. There has never been such a dominant phase of a career as the one he had. I'm sure he had high ambitions for this season. For nearly every player it would be a huge success to reach the SF and 2 finals of the GS, being in the finals of 2 Masters tournaments and winning 2 titles, but the Federer standard is different.
There are still some main challenges for Roger in the next months - Olympic Games, US Open and The Masters Cup. One can maybe argument that the Olympic Games are not that important for a tennisplayer, but apparently Roger cares a lot and it would hopefully give him the much needed selfconfidence to do well there.
quote from batman begins movie: "why do we fall? so that we can learn to pick ourselves up" ... also... the saying goes that one can learn more out of a loss than a win...
i certainly hope this loss will kick some sense and motivation in roger now -- something which i think he has been rather lacking in the previous losses... to lose in what he considers THE MOST important tournament -- his "home ground" ... certainly will be upsetting and shocking for himself... he might take a while to pick himself up for the rest of the year and made necessary adjustments... so i won't be surprised if he doesn't end up with a slam this year...
How do you got the impression that he lacked motivation lately?
but as all great champions in the past (other than borg who quitted early) ... there will be a time when he picks up later... roger still have quite a few years to go... although he will probably never be as dorminant as before -- NO ONE IN HISTORY had ever been as dorminant -- he CAN still win more slams and take the no.1 spot back (yes i considers his no.1 spot for the year to be gone) ...
Of course it's dumb to write Roger off at this stage of his career. I expect a seesaw at the rankings between him, Rafa and Novak.