Roger Federer: Recapping Fed-Ex's French Open 2012 Tournament
Tennis players go through phases.
For Roger Federer, disappointment is the current phase, as he's gone nine Grand Slams in a row without winning a title.
Previous to that, his longest streak was 14—at the start of his career.
Now, Federer will try his luck again at Wimbledon.
Before it gets to that, let's take a look at Federer's run through the 2012 French Open.
Federer never looked like he was in his comfort zone against Germany's Tobias Kamke to open the tournament.
Although he won 6-2, 7-5, 6-3, Federer wasn't at the top of his game.
It was almost as though he thought he could coast through the first round. Maybe he just wasn't interested in giving it his all.
He got the win, and that's the main thing.
This win tied him with Jimmy Connors for the most Grand Slam wins at 233.
This was the win that gave Federer sole possession of all-time Grand Slam victories, although it came with a bit of struggle.
After winning the first two sets 6-2, 6-3, Federer looked as if he was going to sweep the match.
Adrian Unger had other ideas.
Unger saved two match points before winning the tiebreaker to force a fourth set.
But, Federer showed that set victory was a fluke for Unger. He dominated in the fourth set 6-3.
Federer continued to regress from the previous round in Round 3 of the tournament.
Nicolas Mahut held his own during the match, but Federer won 6-3, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5.
Federer dominated the first set but looked a little lost in the second set, losing 6-4.
He regained focus for in the third set to win 6-2, but again struggled in the next set before breaking Mahut's serve to take a 6-5 lead.
Federer served out the final set to win the set and the match.
Round of 16
I wouldn't call the round of 16 a regression for Federer.
It was more of staying steady.
The only real difference against David Goffin was that Goffin took the first set 7-5.
Federer rebounded to win the final three sets 7-5, 6-2, 6-4.
The loss in the first set became a sign of things Federer would see again in the next two rounds.
This is the round in which I felt Federer was going to be eliminated from the tournament.
Juan Martin del Potro won the first two sets 6-3, 7-6 (4).
It looked as if del Potro had Federer's number and was going to advance to the semifinals.
Then the Argentinian ran out of gas, giving Federer the opening he needed.
Federer survived the scare of losing the first two sets, winning the final three sets 6-2, 6-0, 6-3.
Federer finally got the ouster his play deserved.
Novak Djokovic showed his superior play and easily defeated Federer 6-4, 7-5, 6-3.
Federer had no answer for the No. 1 player in the world.
Could you really expect him to?
Now, the former No. 1 player in the world has to go back to the drawing board and try to get things together before Wimbledon.
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