Juan Martin del Potro got the best of Roger Federer once again, as he defeated the 19-time Grand Slam champion in New York this week.
The match felt reminiscent of their epic duel in 2009 when the del Potro dethroned Federer of his 40-match win streak and five-year title run. Wednesday, the Argentine 28th seed bested the Swiss third seed with a 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (10/8), 6-4 win.
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When asked about the match, Federer seemed more disappointed in himself than anything else:
“I feel I have no place in the semis and he will have a better chance to beat Rafa, to be honest,” Federer said.
“The way I played or am playing right now, it’s not good enough in my opinion to win this tournament. It’s better I’m out and somebody else gets a chance to do better than me.”
This defeat ruined the chance for a first ever matchup between Federer and Nadal on a New York court. The two of the greatest players of all time, have met 37 times, including 12 at the Grand Slams, but never in New York. Although this was a main attraction going into the US Open this year, the thought of it not occurring didn’t cross Federer’s mind.
“I didn’t even think about it, as I lost that match, that it’s not going to happen,” Federer said. “I’m dealing with just trying to understand what happened and just to overcome this in the next few hours, days, weeks, whatever it is. I’ll be fine.
“Of course it is a pity, but Juan Martin deserves it more.”
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Federer is going to use this time off the court to search his soul for inconsistencies and demons that seem to be plaguing the champion as of late.
As for Nadal, he’s just happy that the media will no longer have a story line concerning the two tennis pros and their bromance. He has tried to sway the media from portraying them as ‘boyfriends’, but now he’ll just have to knock down the player who humiliated his beau.
When asked to describe what he admires about Federer, Nadal was happy to shoot down their love affair (one that doesn’t exist but the media desperately wants).
“I don’t want to look like I’m gonna be his boyfriend, no?”
“We don’t want to talk these kind of things before important match. We have a lot of respect for each other, no? We played a lot of times. I think we did important things for tennis. We appreciate that.
“We always had a good relationship. I think he always has been a great ambassador for tennis and for our sport, with good image, of course, and representing good values.”
It will be an interesting and exciting match when Nadal and del Potro go against each other tomorrow.