The scary part is many of Roger's "years" as far as tennis are even better. How many time has Roger won 3 of the 4 grand slam titles but has made it into the finals? And then in the finals he loses, it's usually in 5 sets!Stupid thread, Federer has had a wondrous year and I'm sure he feels happy for Juan Martin.
Wow!andy - Fed is up to 827 career matches. That's a hell of a lot of tennis behind him. They say there is only so much mileage in any tennis player, who knows how much Roger really has left.
Dear mods, please ban complete and utter imbeciles such as this poster.As well as del Potro played, and he was incredibly good in the last three sets (minus the choke at the end of the third), Federer lost it more than DelPo won it. He got too cute after he went up a break in the second set, acting as if he had nothing to fear from del Potro. Too many cute drop shots, an attempt for another YouTube moment with a ridiculous over the head, back-to-the-net lob, serve and volleying at unusual times, you name it.
The last time Federer lost a grand slam match when he was in a winning position was against Safin at the 2005 Aussie Open. He got too cute in that one, too.
Yes I'll always be a tad bit sad that Fed had this in 3 sets easily, but got bored and let it get away from him. That 2nd set *5-4 30-15 drop shot will always haunt me.So true. If Federer kept his head down he (probably) would have won his third straight US Open in straight sets.
So often when a player plays his first Grand Slam final against experienced foe, the first set is convincing (nerves), the second set close (settled in more but can't win the important points), and the third set is comfortable (very hard mentally to come back from two sets down in first slam final). You only have to look as far back as Roland Garros this year for one such final. Federer d. Soderling 6-1 7-6(1) 6-4.
I believe if Federer had stayed totally focused this kind of score would of happened.
I agree. As you know, I've been critical of Roger! But I don't think his success necessarily has to do with the other players. Sure.. sometimes.... they might psyche themselves out! But the fact Roger has been so consistent--that he puts himself in the position of winning. That says a lot.andy - I still consider 2005 to be a much better statistical year for Fed. Won 2 slams + 4 Masters + 5 other titles, 81-4. However 2009 was very important because he won Roland Garros and Wimbledon to complete the career slam + #15. Also he's made 22 straight semis and 17/18 finals which is insane.
Exactly like I said Roger has children now. I mean of course he still wants to win, any true competitor does, but he now realizes there are more important things in life after all he has accomplished. I respect the guy for that. He probably has a few good years left on the tour, and we as tennis fans should appreciate them. We are/did watch one of the best of all time and should cherish such a thing. Seriously in what lifetime will you get Roger Federer and Tiger Woods? What a great time to live in the world of sports!Using the Australian Open '09 as the barometer for Fed's peak regret at a tournament, and the French Open and Wimbledon as the "monkey off the back" victories, this loss doesn't even register as one of "deep" regret. He looked relaxed at the presentation ceremonies. He has already completed everything imaginable. Everything from this point forward is an extra.