Frustrated. Dumped out. Crashes. Flames. Just a few words describing Roger Federer’s early exit from Rome in various news headlines.
Federer was defeated in the third round today by Richard Gasquet 4-6, 7-6, 7-6 in a match that lasted two hours 20 minutes.
Even Federer had a headline to describe his match today: Annoying.
“Sometimes it is unfortunate because I was playing well and then it didn’t happen at all anymore, so it was a disappointing end to the match. I definitely think I should not have lost this match, and that is kind of annoying,” he said.
Losing is indeed annoying, especially for a 16-time Grand Slam winner who has only been beaten twice this year by players outside the ATP top three.
“He knows how close he came to losing,” he said. “I had multiple chances but I couldn’t make the difference. I thought I was playing well but he served better toward the end and hung in there. I didn’t feel I could break and it’s no fun to play like that.”
Losing is indeed no fun. Winning, on the other hand? Wonderful. Just ask Gasquet.
“It’s one of my best victories, I can’t deny it, it’s wonderful for me, I’m delighted,” the Frenchman said, who advances to the quarterfinals. “It’s a great moment to beat the best player of all time, I must make the most of it but tomorrow there’s another match against (Tomas) Berdych who’s already beaten me twice. I had nothing to lose, I could let my shots go and I played great.”
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