Roger Federer: Loss to Tomas Berdych in Dubai Not Major Concern for FedEx

Ben Chodos@bchodosCorrespondent IIMarch 1, 2013

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 25:  Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a backhand in his semifinal match against Andy Murray of Great Britain during day twelve of the 2013 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 25, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Tomas Berdych pulled off a surprising victory that will deny tennis fans a showdown between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic at the Dubai Championships.

The Swiss legend will certainly be disappointed over the result, but the loss is not a reason to worry going forward.

The semifinal was a back-and-forth affair, and both Berdych and Federer had their chances to win. Ultimately, Berdych saved three match points and was on the right side of the 3-6, 7-6 (8), 6-4 score line.   

After the contest, Federer said the following, via the BBC:

Obviously I leave this match with a lot of regrets—serving for the match, having chances in the beginning of the second when he wasn't quite in the match yet to go a set and a break up. [There were] a few points where things just didn't happen for me.

Berdych is a player who has given Federer trouble historically.

The 27-year-old Czech has now won five of the last eight meetings between the two players.

Still, Federer was very much competitive in this match, and if not for uncharacteristic errors—he had five double-faults compared to Berdych’s two—he likely would be in the finals.

The ATP Tour is long and grueling, and even the greatest player to ever lift a racket has off days.

That is exactly why he should not be overly concerned with the loss.

At 31 years old, he is not getting any younger, and the day when his body simply will not allow him to be an elite athlete anymore is not that far away.

When this moment arrives, Federer will give his best effort and possibly still lose.

If his shots were dropping against Berdych and he was not making errors, but he still came out on the losing end, this would be extremely concerning.

But the point in Federer’s career when his best will not be enough to beat a player like Berdych has not yet arrived.

Last year’s winning performance at Wimbledon and his climb back to the No. 1 world ranking was a powerful reminder that he is still capable of being a dominant player. It is not out of the question for him to deliver more matches like this during the remaining majors in 2013.

This was nothing more than a bad day for Federer, and he should not dwell on the loss for very long. 


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