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I’ve never liked Julien Benneteau. . .now I know why!
Roger Federer lost to the Frenchman 6-3, 6-7, 4-6 in the second round of the Paris Masters today.
Say quoi??? Sure, Benneteau came to play. He had the hometown advantage and nothing to lose. But Roger Federer is Roger Federer! RF! The Might Fed! At the very least, it should come down to numbers: No. 1 vs. No. 49. No. Contest. But is was.
For those of us who like to reconcile Roger’s losses (after a few good smacks of palm to forehead), I give you this simple fact: Roger’s never made it past the quarterfinals in Bercy.
It’s just not his tournament. Bercy’s not Roger’s scene. And the odds were against him this year – Andre Agassi is the only player to have ever won Roland Garros and Bercy in the same season. Better for Roger to win Paris in the spring than in the fall, don’t you think?
And heck, it gives Roger more time to get ready for the year ending championships. Let Nadal wear himself out saving match points, let Djokovic strain to win his third tournament since the US Open, let del Potro and Murray push their wrists to the limit.
And let Roger Federer party with Marat Safin tonight! (If Mirka says it’s okay.)
But don’t have too much fun, Rog. Get your butt in gear for London. I won’t be so understanding next time.