Roger Federer lost to Tomas Berdych 4-6, 6-3, 1-6, 4-6 in the Wimbledon quarterfinals on Wednesday. It’s not a huge surprise, given Berdych’s recent form. But still stunning. Even more so: Roger Federer will drop to No. 3 for the first time since November, 2003. Uhhhhh. . .
Read into this result what you will. I remember a few years ago, when Roger admitted after the fact that he didn’t relish playing Berdych. This guy has always bothered him. Roger hasn’t quite been up to the biggest challenge and challengers lately. Is it a phase, a slump or a slide? How about a mix of all three? At least he has that quarterfinals streak intact.
Taking a break from Roger’s situation for a moment – let’s look at who remains in the draw. Novak Djokovic and Tomas Berdych will play each other in the semis, and Rafael Nadal and Robin Soderling and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Andy Murray still have their quarterfinals to sort out. What an opportunity for these guys. Spare a thought for Andy Roddick.
Roger’s postmatch interview