Just wondering – did anyone else go to lunch after the second set of today’s Roger Federer vs. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Montreal quarterfinal, only to have a “has the Internet gone mad?” moment upon returning to your desk?
“Actually it was quite surprising.” Federer concurred after the match.
You gotta hand it to Roger – the guy knows how to lose a match! Concede the first set in a thrilling tie breaker, take the second 6-1, go up 5-1 in the third and then – uh – how exactly do I describe what happened next?
To put it in terms Charlene and Myla will soon understand: Daddy went night-night.
And Tonsga woke up – or at least perked up after a dive volley in the first set breaker seemed to knock him out completely. The Frenchman fought back to 5-all in the third, breaking Roger twice, and had three match points on Roger’s last service game. Fed forced the tiebreaker, earning a standing ovation from the Montreal crowd, but ended up winning only three points thereafter.
“I never should have allowed it, but it did happen so it’s a pity,” Federer said.
I’m going to focus on the positives – Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is in the semifinals of Montreal, and will take on Andy Murray (who “routined” Davydenko in his quarterfinal) in the semis on Saturday. Assuming Jo’s forearm is not injured too badly from that dive, this should be another sizzler of a match. And hopefully a preview to what will become one of the best new rivalries in tennis! (Tsonga and Murray’s head-to-head is tied at 1-1, with the last victory earned by Tsonga in the 2008 Australian Open.)
And Fed fans can take heart – Roger did a heck of a lot better than last year, when he lost to another Frenchie, Gilles Simon, in the second round.
“It’s one of those matches I can live with, you know.”
I agree with Roger.
Interview via Rogerscup.com