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Federer underestimates opponent

Federer underestimates opponent

Roger Federer, chasing his eighth Dubai title, crashed out of this yearŠ—Ès championship in what must be one of the biggest upsets of the week. The Australian Open champion fell to the world number 116, Evgeny Donskoy, and obviously underestimated the journeyman from Russia.

ItŠ—Ès just a tough loss tonight. So many chances. It was crazy. ThereŠ—Ès no excuses there

The third seed lost 3-6 7-6(7) 7-6(5) wasting three match points in the second set and then losing a 5-2 lead in the third. He even let slip a 5-1 lead in the deciding tiebreaker.
Š—“Maybe I wasnŠ—Èt really committed enough,Š— the 35-year-old Federer admitted. Commitment in tennis is a big thing. Today I wasnŠ—Èt, really. That sort of is a feeling you get and it trickles in an entire game.
Š—“Legs also felt slower out here tonight. I felt tired all day. I tried to get myself in shape, and, you knowŠ—_ ItŠ—Ès just a tough loss tonight. So many chances. It was crazy. ThereŠ—Ès no excuses there.Š—
Federer who surprised the tennis world by claiming his 18th grand slam title in Australia in January, put on a brave face and refused to let the loss put him down.
Š—“I just think itŠ—Ès still the beginning of the comeback,Š— said Federer, who is scheduled to play at Indian Wells next week. Š—“I got to take the positives out of playing again in a tournament where I feel IŠ—Èm quite healthy. IŠ—Èm happy I got over the (groin) injury I sustained at the Australian Open.Š—
Donskoy will next face French seventh seed Lucas Pouille, who beat qualifier Marius Copil 6-1 6-4, in his second round match for a place in the last eight.
Top seed Andy Murray, who was scheduled to play Federer in the semis, beat Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-2 6-0 to reach the quarter-finals, where he will face GermanyŠ—Ès Philipp Kohlschreiber.
BritainŠ—Ès number three Dan Evans provided Gael Monfils with a tough battle before going down 6-4 3-6 6-1.

The delighted victor

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Meanwhile in Acapulco, second-seeded Rafael Nadal eased past Italian Paolo Lorenzi in 66-minutes, 6-1 6-1 in his second-round match Wednesday.
The Spaniard broke Lorenzi five times and lost only five points on his own whie never facing a break point.
In contrast top seeded Novak Djokovic survived a tough challenge from ArgentinaŠ—Ès gentle giant, Juan Martin del Potro, going through 4-6 6-4 6-4 where he will face the controversial Nick Kyrgios of Australia in the last eight who in turn beat Donald Young of the US 6-2 6-4.
American Sam Querrey recorded MexicoŠ—Ès biggest upset of the day by eliminating fifth-seeded David Goffin of Belgium 6-2 6-3 in 69-minutes. Querrey lost only four points on his first serve.
In the womenŠ—Ès draw Heather Watson went down to a marathon battle 7-6(4) 6-7(5) 7-5 to Kristina Mladenovic.
The British number two delivered her 18th double fault on match point after battling on court with the Frencwoman ober three hours and 32-minutes.

About The Author

Henry Wancke

Henry Wancke is one of the most respected Tennis writers in the UK. Henry is the Editor of both Tennis Threads Magazine and tennisthreads.net. He previously worked as Editor of Tennis World, Serve & Volley as well as Tennis Today magazines and been stringer for The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and Press Association. He also co-authored the Ultimate Encyclopaedia of Tennis with John Parsons published by Carlton, and the Federation Cup – the first 32 years, published by the ITF. Currently he is the Secretary of the Lawn Tennis Writers’ Association and Hon Vice President of the Tennis Industry Association UK.

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