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Federer's 'loss of confidence' statement rather uncharacteristic
Posted on: 11:29 AM IST Feb 28, 2012 IST
Over the years, Roger Federer has not exactly shied away from indulging in an audacious remark or two, be it an insight into his own game, or having a dig at one of his opponents for that matter.
But the maestro admitting to the fact that some tough losses over the past couple of years have come as a result of a loss of confidence is undoubtedly a first, and very much a bolt from the blue.
The Swiss ace has always held fort his self-belief even during some of the most heart-breaking defeats, and any questions regarding the mental side of his game has never been expressed or even hinted.
So, to come up with a revelation such as this says a lot about Fedex, and his current frame of mind which has brought the sixteen-time grand slam winner to get his inner most thoughts off his chest.
Federer's last grand slam title was the 2010 Australian Open, and it's probably worthwhile looking into some of his most recent losses in majors since then which would in fact put his above statement into context.
Australian Open 2012: After having clinched the first set in a tie-break against Rafael Nadal in their semi-final clash, Federer got off to the perfect start in the second, breaking the Spaniard in the opening game only to surrender the advantage almost immediately. Rafa broke back and went on to win the set which was followed by him winning the contest 6-7(5), 6-2, 7-6(5), 6-4.
US Open 2011: Federer could not have asked for a better start in his last-four encounter against Novak Djokovic, racing to a 2-0 (sets) lead before Djokovic came roaring back to take the next two and square the match. The Swiss however got the all-important break in the fifth and deciding set, and held two match points on his serve. But the final result was a 6-7(7), 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 victory for the Serb.
For the second year in a row, Federer had gone down to Djokovic at Flushing Meadows in the semi-finals after having held a couple of match points in the deciding set; he had also come up second best in the 2010 edition 5-7, 6-1, 5-7, 6-2, 7-5.
Wimbledon 2011: Having the reputation of being a great front-runner and going into his quarter-final match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga with a 3-1 head-to-head advantage over the Frenchman, not many would have put their money on Federer being knocked out of the tournament after having wrapped up sets one and two. However that was exactly what happened as Tsonga staged a brilliant fightback to win 3-6, 6-7(3), 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.
French Open 2011: With a 2-9 record on clay against Nadal, Federer took on his greatest rival in the summit clash for the fourth time in six years at Roland Garros. Although Fedex made the early running in the final, he failed to take the initiative when it mattered most and was beaten 7-5, 7-6(3), 5-7, 6-1.