Roger Federer faced a crushing defeat under the hands of Ernests Gulbis by 6-7, 7-6, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3. It is a regretful experience as per Roger himself. He has not been able to figure out what went wrong in the match.
This time he bowed out before the quarter final which shows that he has certainly having a bad time on the court and yet again a dismal performance from his side. Even the spectators were in shock as Federer was the clear favorite but Gulbis addressed the spectators by stating that even he had to win. He has won the French Open title only once in 2009. But this time his form seemed pretty ordinary. One and a half hour got on his nerves and proved difficult for him to match up to his level of playing.
Federer looked a bit annoyed at the press conference as he did not feel that Gulbis was having any sort of discomfort while playing and yet he asked for a medical time out that too a prolonged one. Roger was not able to match up to the level of tennis Gulbis was playing in the last two sets especially and he faltered. Federer lost his focus and the fifth set was completely an all round shoe by Gulbis. It looks very strange while viewing the score card as this was Gulbis’s first round into the quarter finals and Federer being the most experienced and holding the record of highest number grand slams under his belt such a kind of performance was not expected.
The usual class and nimble foot was missing and his trademark backhand shot was not to be seen in the match. It was also a matter of luck and perseverance which Gulbis had.