Grand Upset: Roger Federer Falls to Novak Djokovic

Johnny SheaCorrespondent IJanuary 25, 2008

No. 1 Federer fell Friday to No. 3 Djokovic, in straight sets, 7-5, 6-3, 7-6 (5). Federer was feeling a bit glum, and for obvious reasons—the man does not know how to lose.

For the first time since the 2005 French Open, Federer has been eliminated from a Grand Slam before the final round.

The best explanation for Federer's loss is the fact that he was simply due. There was eventually going to be a time when Federer's backhand fell short, his forehand just as weak, and his serve sub-par.

Even the best go down sometimes.

It was the typical projection of Federer and Nadal playing for the championship. But not anymore. When No. 2 Rafael Nadal was stung by unranked Wilifred Tsonga, it was surely a surprise. But Federer fell too?

This is why they play the game. The final of the Australian Open will pit No. 3 Novak Djokovic against unranked Tsonga—certainly not what I had in mind.

Could this sudden stirring of upsets in the air mean something for the New York Giants? Maybe the Sports Gods are trying to spin things around and make the Giants win the Super Bowl.

We have seen two giant upsets in the past few weeks, now let's see if we can witness the third in the Super Bowl.

The Roger Federer of football—the New England Patriots—will face-off against the Giants, trying not to get upset as Federer just did.

It should be one to remember.