When was the last time you heard tennis fans joining together in a choir-like assembly to chant someone’s name? If you followed No. 1 Roger Federer’s plight in Key Biscayne at the Sony Ericsson Open, then your answer would be, “last night.”
The world’s No. 1 tennis player stunned audiences—who stayed up past the clock striking midnight—last night when he lost the tiebreaking match to Czech player Tomas Berdych.
The Miami Herald called the nailbiter, “the most thrilling marquee match of the tournament thus far.” After all was said and done, Federer blamed his lack of timing for the loss and gave credit to his opponent for a reputation for making great shots. Maybe he should have also considered attributing his failure to any of the 62 unforced errors.
Clearly any win is a good win, but Berdych, who has seen defeat at the hands of Federer eight other times, confessed that it beating the No. 1 was a great feeling.
Other celebrity athletes making a show yesterday included Andy Roddick, who clocked in a 135-mph serve to beat Benjamin Becker; Rafael Nadal, who claimed a win over David Ferrer; and Venus Williams over Agnieszka Radwanska
On to the next one.