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!