Monday, March 12, 2007

Lucky Loser turns really Lucky!!

Well, it was high time that someone proved that Roger Federer was indeed human.. that he too can make mistakes on crucial points and can exhibit a certain percentage of unforced errors that make him lose 'a' match. Thats precisely what happened in the Pacific Life Open at Indian Wells, California. The question would be after all who managed to claim such a feat and it couldn't have been a fitting match than a Lucky Loser from the qualifying round.. a certain gentleman named Guillermo Canas. Federer lost 5-7, 2-6, which means his serve was broken atleast thrice.. phew!!

Chasing a record of 46 continous wins, the barricade stopped him at 41, not to mention that he'd be rearing to rip apart it again in the near future considering the way he has been playing.

Perhaps, his win against the legendary Pete Sampras at his own home a couple of days back did turn out to be unlucky.. :D

Startling stats: Federer won just 68 percent of points on his first serve and 36 percent of points on his second serve.

For those who are in awe of the Swiss' invincibility, consider this - Canas is just the 11th player to defeat Roger Federer since the Swiss took over as the No. 1 in the ATP Rankings on Feb. 2, 2004. Canas joins Tomas Berdych, Albert Costa, Richard Gasquet, Tim Henman, Dominik Hrbaty, Gustavo Kuerten, Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal (6 times), David Nalbandian and Marat Safin as the only players to defeat Federer as a No. 1.

And yeah, Canas has done this before to the Fed-ex as well.. in 2002 at the ATP Master Series.. Damn, how I wish Canas plays in the Grand Slam finals against Federer, its atleast better than seeing the likes of Andy Roddicks getting thrashed on the big stage!


amol said...

Thanx for the details. I was shocked today morning to see this on the news. To see Federer loose is something that seldom happens.

Just a google search tells me he is an Argentine and was named after the Argentine Tennis Star- Guillermo Vilas. And well we have a coincidence here ... Vilas is the one who held the resord for the continuous 46 win, the record Federer was chasing....:-)

His highest singles ranking was 8th (June 2005).

Guillermo Cañas started playing at age 7, and had an excellent start reaching quarterfinals of Junior Wimbledon in 1995, the same year he turned pro.

In 2001, after a right wrist injury the previous year, he climbed from 227th place in the ATP rankings to the 15th, and was named ATP Comeback Player of Year. The tourney in which he defeated Fedex was in 2002 which was also his first ATP title. It was ATP Masters Series - Canada. He defeated quite a few heavyweights in that tourney:

R64 - Roger Federer (SUI) by 7-6(10),7-5
R32 - Paradorn Srichaphan (THA) by 6-2,6-1
R16 - Yevgeny Kafelnikov (RUS) by 6-2,6-2
Q - Marat Safin (RUS) by 7-5,6-3
S - Tommy Haas (GER) by 6-4,3-6,7-6(5)
F - Andy Roddick (USA) by 6-4,7-5

All except Haas and Paradorn have been No. 1 !

Well, then where did he disappear. the por guy was convicted of Doping. On August 8, 2005, Guillermo was suspended for two years and forfeit US$276,070 in prizes by the ATP for the use of a diuretic called hydrochlorothiazide, a substance with no benefits by itself, other than as treatment for hypertension, but used to cover other forbidden substances. No traces of any other forbidden substance were found in Cañas' sample, and the player assures the diuretic was in a medicament for his throat ache given to him by ATP doctors Mercader and Chinchila during the Acapulco tournament in Mexico.

Cañas vowed to fight the ban, claiming he was innocent of the charges against him. His perseverance paid off on May 23, 2006, when he was acquitted of deliberate performance enhancement through illegal substances, since the substances were in a prescription medicine. He was, however, considered careless in not checking the medicine before ingesting it. He was allowed to return to full professional activity from September 11 of 2006, and the money prizes and points acquired before the suspension shall be restored, though points expired after a full year.

Since returning to the tour, Cañas has won five challenger titles, and is currently ranked No. 60 March 5, 2007). He won his first ATP-level match on February 15th, beating Marcos Daniel 6-1 6-4.

On March 11, 2007 Cañas defeated ATP ranked #1 Roger Federer at Indian Wells, ending Federer's strike of 41 consecutive victories, 5 short of Vilas' record.

So lets see if we can have some challenge for Fedex.. I think he would like it if somebody could atleast threaten him.

Paranoid.. said...

aha.. argentines always hv this knack of producin' surprises..