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Roger Federer suffered some shock defeats this year, but overall, had a good season.
Roger Federer might not have had a 2006 season repeat, but he had a decent one, by Federer standards. He started the year with an Australian Open crown, defeating Nikolay Davydenko and Andy Murray en route. He suffered from shock exits at Indian Wells and Miami, after squandering 3 and 1 match points, respectively. He let slip his No. 1 lead at the French Open, where he was shocked by the giant-killing Swede, Robin Soderling. This ended his streak of consecutive grand slam semifinals at 23, and his finals run at 8. At Halle, a warm up tournament for Wimbledon, Federer suffered another defeat to Lleyton Hewitt in the final. At Wimbledon, the Maestro was defeated by another big-hitting onslaught by Tomas Berdych. Post-Wimbledon, Federer has played amazingly. He reached the finals in Toronto, losing to Andy Murray. After that, he bounced back in Cincinnati and claimed the trophy over a resurgent Mardy Fish. At the US Open, he squandered 2 match points against rival Novak Djokovic in the semifinals. The Swiss then competed at the If Stockholm Open, which he won. Following his claiming of the title, Federer traveled to his hometown, Basel, where he defeated Novak Djokovic in 3 sets. Djokovic was the one who had upset Federer in the same tournament last year, also in 3 sets. Federer than played the Paris Masters, where he wasted 5 match points to reach the final against hometown favorite Gael Monfils. Had Federer won the match, he would have reached all the Masters 1000 tournament finals. Federer than landed in London where he won the tour finals. He eneded up with a perfect 5-0 in matches and 10-1 in sets. He defeated Djokovic, Ferrer, and Murray in the round robin phase, and Djokovic and Nadal in the semifinals and final, respectively.
Federer ended the year at No. 2, and one of the big stories now is if Federer can dethrone Nadal of the No. 1 ranking for a second time.