For Roger Federer, 2008 was a year of missed opportunities. He started the year as the unchallenged king of the game. But the aura was diminished by a series of losses, only for the king to emerge once again.
The semi-final clash with Novak Djokovic was the first sign that this could be the year when Federer’s challengers will catch up. Djokovic played the match of his life, he not only bagged a win in straight sets, but also Djokovic had made federer look mortal.
”The shock for me came when the moment I made a forehand error, I knew I wouldn’t get a chance to hit the ball now, its just to pack bags and go to the locker room” Roger Federer said after Australian open loss.
That followed a string of losses that left the world stunned, Federer was upset repeatedly, Andy Murray beat him in Dubai, Roddick in Miami, Mardy Fish in Indian wells and Radek Stepanek in Rome and the man who had emerged as his greatest rival; Rafael Nadal overcame Federer in Monte Carlo, Hamburg and then handed him an embarrassing straight sets thrashing at Roland Garros.
But once the caravan moved to grass; it was expected that order would be restored, Federer cruised through to his sixth straight Wimbledon final but against the fiesty Nadal in possibly the most memorable final in recent memory; the throne he owned was snatched away.
“I got hold of things a little late, but Nadal is a deserving champion, he plays amazingly well,” he said after his Wimbledon loss.
The doomsdayers were having a field day as the likes of Giles Simon and Ivo Karlovic added Federer to their list of victims and his number one ranking was snatched away, many wondered if the decline was irreversible now, and James Blake strengthened that view by ending his Federer’s quest for gold at the Olympics.
But a couple of weeks in the big apple and the wagging tongues have been silenced the king is back and the pretenders to his throne have plenty to do to unseat him.
Courtesy :- IBN Live