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Federer Ducked Djokovic

Roger Federer is four matches away from 21 but threw away his chances by withdrawing from Roland Garros ahead of his match vs Berrettini in Round 4. Everybody knows the real reason though – he doesn’t want to get slaughtered by his arch rival and nemesis Novak Djokovic. Even though Federer has beaten Djokovic at Roland Garros, one of his best wins was when Djokovic was the clear best player in the world in 2011. Who can forget the Federer finger wag no. 1 taunt after the win?

But Federer surrenderered today to Berrettini and Djokovic. By doing it a round early, most will buy his excuses and not conclude the real reason.

It’s another evidence of Djokovic’s supreme greatness, to make Roger Federer quit a grand slam in the R16 when we all know anything can still happen. Roger Federer is more than capable of creating some more tennis magic.

At this moment in time, Federer fears losing to Djokovic again and losing badly. But why not give it the old college try? Think of how many players would kill to be in the R16 of a major. And Federer throws it all away.

Backing down from a fight is an act of cowardice. Novak Djokovic has exposed a minute amount of cowardice in Roger Federer. I know Fed is saying he wants to get ready for grass and his best shot is Wimbledon but didn’t he just remind us he’s playing just for fun and love of the game? Which one is it? This is a blemish on the Federer legacy to walk out of a grand slam right in the heat of the middle of it. Djokovic, Nadal, Connors, McEnroe, Borg, Sampras, Agassi, Emerson, Laver would never do such a thing. Someday Federer may regret this move. Because you never know what could have happened. How many times have we seen a down and out player pull of miracles when they were least expected – Jimmy Connors, Gaston Gaudio, Mats Wilander, Lleyton Hewitt, Nadal, Djokovic…

The Great Roger Federer gave up on himself. He didn’t believe in himself. Sampras still did believe in himself at his final US Open in 2002. Agassi did at his lone French in 1999. Nadal believed in himself at Wimbledon. Djokovic still believed in himself in the 2019 Wimby final down two match points to Roger. Yet the mighty King Roger Federer, winner of 20 Grand Slam titles, didn’t believe in himself today.



  • Doug Day · June 7, 2021 at 7:10 am

    I want to believe this was so out of character due to injury info secrecy. We cant know what body part will fail will Fed first because it would only hasten his fall. If thats running its London cunning.

  • Hash1120 · June 7, 2021 at 10:10 am

    Waiting for 1000 word essay killing Djoker for leaving the court after going down two sets? Gamesmanship? No?

    You’re so freaking predictable, it’s hysterical!
    Fed’s 39, everyone knows Djoker would destroy 39 year old Fed on clay. He wasn’t going to beat Berretinni then default, so he got some matches in and bails. He wasn’t going to default to Djoker

    Coco wins a major at 17.

  • Scoop Malinowski · June 7, 2021 at 11:06 am

    Hashrold. Sure it was most likely a Rafa like stall tactic, or shall we also say Federer vs Cilic like stall tactic? Djokovic was desperate and he had to do something. He’s a great super champion but he also has an arsenal of stall tactics which I first saw in his US Open teenager battle vs Monfils which went five sets in unbearable heat. Would love to see Coco do it, without any assistance or charity. I believe she can do it but Swiatek is the favorite.

  • Sam · June 7, 2021 at 1:14 pm

    Scoop, okay, I realize that we didn’t grow up in a country where there’s a traditional monarchy, but don’t you have any respect at all for the *royals*?? 😯 I mean, can you REALLY feel good about yourself after having uttered such BITING words about Princess Rogie??? 👸

    P.S. I bet you weren’t such a big fan of Princess Grace either. 😹



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