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What’s happened to Roger Federer?
A great moment for Latvian sport but Roger Federer’s limp exit at the hands of Ernests Gulbis at the Rome Masters was one of his worst defeats in recent memory.
It was drizzly but otherwise Federer had no excuses. He just did not look interested half of the time and even after nervous Gulbis wasted six match points, Federer could not fight back.
“Sometimes when you are winning, it seems too easy. When you lose you realise how tough it is to dominate the tour. So I won’t get carried away with the defeat,” Federer said.
Clay is not his favourite surface but after finally winning the French Open last season, he might have been expecting an easier ride.
At least the Swiss can have a breather now while Rafael Nadal wears down those knees on the punishing red terrain….
PHOTO: Roger Federer of Switzerland rubs his eye during his match against Ernests Gulbis of Latvia at the Rome Masters tennis tournament April 27, 2010. REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito