Every athlete that reaches the pinnacle of their sport will always reach that moment of regression. It’s been coming slowly for tennis superstar Roger Federer, who’s dominated the sport for the better part of the previous decade. But first the first time since 2002, the Swiss player will not make a Grand Slam final.
Going into the event, Federer was listed as a 7th seed, his lowest mark in any Grand Slam for a decade. He lost in straight sets to 19th-seeded Tommy Robredo on Monday night; 7-6 (7-3), 6-3, 6-4.
ESPN Stats and Info uncovered a number of bits that show how far Federer has fallen off of his game this year. Here’s more to the story than the Swede not making a final for the first time since 2002:
- “This is the first time Federer has lost in straight sets in a grand slam before the quarterfinals since the 2004 French Open.”
- “It’s the first time since 2003 that he failed to reach the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open.”
- “Since his last US Open win in 2008, Federer has been eliminated earlier in the tournament every year. He was knocked out in the 2009 Finals, lost in the semis in 2010 and 2011, then lost in the quarterfinals last year.”
- “Federer had previously been unbeaten against Robredo, but lost to him for the first time in 11 matches.”
Maybe Federer can spark some sort of a comeback and at least make it back to a Grand Slam final in the near future. But everyone that poo-pooed all the finals that featured Federer and Rafael Nadal will happy to know that those days could be over.