'Roger Federer seems to be out of it', says former ATP ace

“Roger Federer seems beside himself,” says the former ATP ace

Roger Federer was the dominant figure in men’s tennis between 2004 and 2007, winning an incredible 42 ATP titles and losing 24 matches! The Swiss couldn’t keep up the same pace in 2008 as they were pushed to their limits by the new generation led by Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray.

Novak dethroned Roger at the Australian Open and Andy did the same in Dubai a month later. Murray defeated Federer 6-7 6-3 6-4 in an hour and 55 minutes in a rare first round clash between two top 11 players! Dubai put together a strong field this year and Andy didn’t make the top spots despite coming close to the top 10!

It was his third meeting and second win for the 20-year-old Briton, who didn’t get a break chance throughout the encounter, sticking to his plan and outplaying the Swiss in crucial moments. Federer fought well in the first set and came back 2-5 in the tie-break.

However, he failed to match his rival in the next two, losing a serve to earn him the exit door of one of his favorite tournaments where he has won four titles in the last five years. Andy only served 55% but defended his second serve very well and scored 48 out of 53 after the first serve!

The youngster beat Roger in the shorter and medium rallies, while the Swiss had a slight advantage in the longer rallies, although in theory it should have been the other way around. It was also Federer’s earliest loss since Indian Wells in 2007 and he wasn’t happy about it, especially Andy’s defensive style of play.

Lendl opens King Roger

In an interview with Dnevnika Nove TV, Lendl claimed that politics shouldn’t matter when it comes to picking the best player. The legendary Czech-American believes it wouldn’t be fair if Djokovic was denied a chance to compete at the New York Major.

“I’m disappointed in Novak, I’m disappointed in Rafa,” said Lendl. “Right now Roger Federer seems upset because he hasn’t played for a long time and he’s also the oldest. If Novak wins most of the Grand Slams anyway, I think we’ll have an answer.

If Rafa wins another title, I think he has to answer the question about the vaccination and the fact that Novak couldn’t play. And I don’t think that’s fair. I’d really like to see someone with a 2, 3, 4 title lead at the top.

I don’t care who it is, I don’t have a favorite. Just to answer this question to make that clear. And not to say, ‘If this man could play it might be different, your record isn’t that good.’ It’s not fair,” he added.

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