Intentional Upset: Federer Goes Down
The Australian Open continues to provide upset fodder, but this time, it happened to Roger Federer, who is probably the most dominant athlete active today; more so than even Tiger Woods. The first leg of tennis’ Grand Slam was supposed to be another step towards Federer’s coronation as the sport’s best player; instead, Federer finds himself doing something quite foreign: watching a men’s singles finals in the sport he has so thoroughly dominated.
Speaking of domination, Federer found himself on the short end of that particular stick by losing in straight sets to Novak Djokovic, 7-5, 6-3, 7-6. Unlike Nadal’s slip, Federer at least lost to a ranked player. Djokovic is ranked third overall.
Federer was seeking his third straight Aussie Open title and looking to get one step closer to Pete Sampras’ record of 14 Grand Slam titles. The defeat is also the first straight-set loss for Federer since the 2004 French Open (I guess he surrendered). The quest for tennis supremacy wasn’t the only streak derailed by Djokovic.
Until last night/this morning, Federer had reached ten straight Grand Slam finals. He had also won 19 in a row in Australia until he took the court with Djokovic.