So Roger Federer was forced to win in four sets (6-3, 6-2, 7-6, 6-1) against Philipp Kohlschreiber today – the same talented German with the sweet one-hander who knocked out Novak Djokovic at the French Open (not to be confused with Tommy Haas, who beat Nole at Halle.) It was only the third time in six Wimbledons that Roger’s lost a set in the first week.
It was a little scary for Fed fans – not because he lost the third set but because he took a nasty fall on the grass.
Perhaps it was the high level of play and the struggle against a talented player that made Roger call this match his best of the week so far. Love the confidence in his post match interview with the BBC:
Roger elaborated a bit more in the press conference:
“I thought it was my best match of the tournament so far. I thought the rhythm was very high. We played a lot of tough points. I really thought, you know, from my side it was an excellent match. Of course, you know, you also need the opponent to come up also with the goods to make it an exciting match, and I thought it was. Sure, I would have loved to win in straight, but he came back strong. . .I was happy how I reacted. Thought I didn’t panic. Was an excellent match in the end.”
Speaking of the his opponent’s great play, how ridiculous was it when ESPN’s Chris Fowler wrote off Kohlschreiber as a “club player” during the second set? Thanks to Pat McEnroe for correcting him! (He also said that Roger wasn’t going to be happy with the match.)
Baby watch update: Mirka was back in the stands after a rare day off on Wednesday. Glad she’s feeling better – and looking fantastic:
Roger will face another tough competitor on Monday in French Open finalist Robin Soderling.