When Roger Federer almost loss to No. 1078!

When Roger Federer almost lost to #1078!

After two incredible seasons in 2004 and 2005 that pushed him above all the other players on the tour, Roger Federer raised his level even further in 2006. The Swiss registered 92 wins in 97 games and clinched 12 titles to leave Rafael Nadal and everyone else behind.

Nadal and Andy Murray were the only players to beat Roger this year but that could have changed on October 6 when the Swiss met world No. 1. 1078 Takao Suzuki in the quarterfinals of the Tokyo Open. The 30-year-old Japanese had not played since the Seoul Challenger in October last year.

He made the best possible return in front of the home fans, defeating Simon Greul and Paradorn Srichapan to advance to their first ATP Quarterfinals since Tokyo 2001! Takao successfully delivered his best tennis on the home court and pushed the world No. 1 ahead.

3 Lleyton Hewitt showed his limits in 2004. Two years later he fought Roger even harder and gave it his all before suffering a 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 loss in two hours and four minutes!

In Tokyo 2006 Roger Federer had to work hard against a rival from outside the top 1000.

Federer took 13 points more than his opponent, although that wasn’t enough to propel him over the top earlier.

Both players earned a break in the first two sets and pushed each other to their limits in the third set. Takao was ready to give 120% against the mighty rival at the Ariake Colosseum in Tokyo. He broke Roger in game three and finished the opening set with a hold at 5-4, dominating on serve and backhand to get closer to a career-best win.

With no room for error, Roger snapped a break at 5-5 in the second set and secured it with a hold in the next set, hoping for a more relaxed decision. Instead, Suzuki pushed world No. 1 ahead. 1 to the limit to set a tiebreak and get closer to a career-best win.

Still, Federer claimed the breaker 7-3 to emerge at the front and stay on the title course. ‚ÄúThere is always the fear of losing when you have a setback. It’s a normal feeling, but you’re trying to think of ways to get back up there.

It was a close game for both players and we both held serves comfortably. Suzuki isn’t in the top 1000, but that’s not his true position. I could see the headlines: Federer loses to a guy in the top 1000 and that’s not much fun.

The win saved my image. His serve is amazing for a little guy and his movements made it difficult for me. He mixed his serve very well and I may not be happy that I’m not making a lot of returns. I had to dig deep to break it,” said Roger Federer.

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