Federer Beaten In Rogers Cup

XXX XXXSenior Writer IJuly 24, 2008

World’s number one Roger Federer, who was Rogers Cup winner in 2004 and 2006 (he was undefeated there) suffered from some very shoddy play as he was upset by Gilles Simon, 2-6, 7-5, 6-4, the winner in last week’s ATP tournament in Indianapolis.

Simon played unbelievably well, but Federer committed over 50 unforced errors and his usually devastating forehand consistently let him down. Blame it on rustiness—he had played no matches since Wimbledon—but poor serving and poor footwork seemed to be Federer’s main problems.

At one point in the second set Federer missed on his first serve every point for three service straight games.

In the third and final set Federer broke Simon’s serve twice but failed to hold his serve after each break of service and ultimately was broken at love by committing four unforced errors in the match’s final game.

World’s number two Rafael Nadal got through to the third round defeating American Jesse Levine, 6-4, 6-2. Levione led the first set 4-1 and had a break point to go up 5-1 but missed a routine service return. Again at 4-3 Levine had another chance to break Nadal but again failed to return Nadal’s serve.

From that point on the match was fairly routine for the French Open and Wimbledon champion.