Quick, somebody call Dr. Playgood! We have a medical emergency, Fed fans.
After Saturday’s semifinal loss to Novak Djokovic in Rome, the diagnoses is clear: Roger Federer’s suffering from the Three Set Sickness.
Like Swine flu, this malady can be difficult to identify. It often looks like a run-of-the-mill slump – a case of the serving sniffles or a feverish forehand. But after three three-set meltdowns in three Masters tournaments in less than three months, there is little doubt that Roger Federer is suffering from a more serious strain. Besides an inability to close out semifinal matches against top four players, symptoms of Three Set Sickness include an extreme sensitivity to environmental conditions (wind! rain!) and occasional outbursts of violent behavior (click here). Strangely, the disease is exacerbated by feelings of extreme joy off court – marriage and children, for example, can prolong it for weeks.
It’s not yet clear if Federer has a terminal case or if his Three Set Sickness will go into remission. Further observation by Mirka, the media and Fedophiles is required.
Can anyone suggest a homeopathic remedy? (Peter Bodo recommends the old serve-and-volley cure – click here.)