Federer Rallies, Roddick’s Run Ends at French Open
It was a big day for male tennis players today as sixth-seeded Andy Roddick made an early exit from the tournament as Roger Federer rallied from a two set deficit to win his fourth-round match.
Roddick lost his match 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 on Court Lenglen to the local favorite, Gael Monfils (11th-seeded). Meanwhile, Federer dropped those first two sets to Tommy Haas but then fought hard to win 6-7 (4-7), 5-7, 6-4, 6-0, 6-2 in three hours and seven minutes.
When asked about the early elimination of Raphael Nadal, Federer didn’t even try to hide his feelings: “It caused a bit of a shock in the locker room. All the players are a bit relieved. Everybody suddenly sees that things are much more open.”
At 27 years old, Federer needs just one more Grand Slam title to match the record set by Pete Sampras and I’m feeling confident that he can do it.
I have to say that I find it pretty cool that this year’s men’s French Open champion will be a first time winner. That always makes it a little more exciting!