July 25, 2008

An unspeakable horror

by Dan Bilicki In: Uncategorized

I don’t know how it happened, but Roger Federer, who is arguably one of the best tennis players ever, is on a losing streak. Two games in a row in fact. Not shocked at this horrific slump? Well you should be. The key thing to remember here is that tennis is not like any other sport scheduling-wise. A baseball team could potentially lose two games in one day and going down in back-to-back games in the NHL, NBA or NFL is nothing too shocking. Even in golf, how shocked would you be if Tiger Woods (when playing) lost two tournaments in a row?

So, after losing to Rafael Nadal in their epic final at Wimbledon — truly a match for the ages — Federer, lost to Gilles Simon at the Rogers Cup in Toronto. In the first round. That’s what makes this losing streak so unbelievable — the world’s number one was bounced in the opening round of a tournament. Yep, it’s the only way to actually go on a losing streak in tennis and it’s actually Federer’s second of the year.

The debate has already been raging for most of this year and even some of 2007, but it is time to seriously start doubting Federer’s hold on the title of number one in the world. If you didn’t think that the Wimbleon defeat at the hands of Nadal was a changing of the guard moment, then you must really be firmly entrenched in Roger’s camp. Sadly, even at the young age of 26, Federer’s time may have come.

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