Roger Federer: Fed-Ex's Loss in French Open Nothing to Be Worried About
Roger Federer did not look good against Novak Djokovic in the semifinals of the 2012 French Open, falling in straight sets after an inspired victory against Juan Martin del Potro in the quarterfinals.
It's only natural to say Federer is beginning to lose his dominance after the 30-year-old's performance on the red clay.
But, the reality is, Federer has never particularly liked Roland Garros. He has 16 Grand Slam singles titles in his career, but only one in the French Open.
Make no mistake about it, Federer is ready to return to grass courts, where he's primarily made his living and made history.
Federer said after the loss to Djokvoic, via the New Straits Times:
It's been a difficult clay court season. I wasn't in the best shape physically, to be quite honest. Still, it gives me a little bit of a lift, coming into the grass court season now.
Is Federer's loss at the French Open reason for concern?
Federer has won at Wimbledon six times and at the U.S. Open five times. He loves grass courts. That's why his loss at Roland Garros, to Djokovic no less, is nothing to worry about. He had only four losses coming into the French Open on the year, with four singles titles. He's doing just fine.
Now, if Federer starts slipping moving forward, there is cause for concern. But he actually did quite well against two tough opponents at Roland Garros, given his history. He came back from two sets down to defeat Del Potro. That shows he still has plenty of life left in those legs.
Federer is still the No. 3 tennis player in the world. Three of his five losses on the year have come against Djokovic (twice) and Rafael Nadal.
When Federer starts struggling on grass, that's when we need to start sounding the alarm bells.
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