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The First Sign Of The Apocalypse In Shanghai?

Monday, November 12, 2007

I realize that Roger Federer is human and, like any other player, can be beaten on any given day. It's just that not many of those days have occured over recent years, and I got used to it. So today seemed as if the earth had tilted slightly on its axis, or the four horsemen came riding in.

"Some players or people might think, 'Now he's more vulnerable,'" Federer said. "I disagree, obviously. I'm going to hopefully show them again this week and then obviously next year again."

The above is Roger Federer's response regarding his first consecutive match losses in 4 1/2 years! Earlier today Chilean Fernando Gonzalez defeated Federer 4-6, 7-6 (1), 7-5 at the ATP Masters Cup in Shanghai, China. Federer is the defending champion and entered today's match with a 15-0 record in round-robin play at the season-ending tournament. He was also up 10 wins against world no. 7 Fernando Gonzalez.

So why would we expect anything different to happen? We wouldn't. It was safe to assume that Federer would take Gonzalez out for the 11th time. And that's not to put Gonzalez down, because his game has truly turned around over the last couple of years. He's a true pleasure to watch. He's got speed, accuracy and snazzy shots. But Federer is Federer, 'nuff said.

The dragon slayer Gonzalez said, "I was feeling really bad on the court, but after, he went down a little bit and my level went up. I think the key of the match was my serve and don't be scared to go for my shots. After 10 times, it's my turn now." I hear ya' David, ehh.., I mean Gonzalez, Goliath goin' down!!! ehh..., Federer goin' down!!!

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