Roger Federer evades Nadalís unfortunate fate at Wimbledon with a comeback
Roger Federer wiped sweat from his brow as he told reporters that he was glad Wimbledon could still host upsets. These comments came from the World No. 3 after he made a narrow escape against Julien Benneteau in the third round of Wimbledon.
The Swiss maestro lost two opening sets of the game against Julien Benneteau before inspiring a pulsating comeback to win 5-6, 6-7(3), 6-2, 7-6(6) and 6-1. Roger Federer’s nail biting victory comes just a day after World No. 2 Rafael Nadal was defeated in an upset against Lukas Rosol. Rafael Nadal’s defeat happens to be one of greatest upsets in the history of grand slams.
“This is not against Rafa, but it was nice to see it's still possible,” Roger Federer said. “I think 15 years ago you had matches like this so much more often on the faster surfaces, [where] a guy could catch fire and just run through you.
“Today it's virtually impossible so it was just amazing to see that it was possible.
“Okay, he [Rosol] didn't play like that for five sets, but in the fifth it was just a joke. I was laughing because of his performance for ten minutes after that. I couldn't believe that he pulled it off the way he did. Of course I do feel bad for Rafa because it's a tough loss.”
Roger Federer admitted that it was his vast experience in the tennis world that became the catalyst for his comeback victory against Julien Benneteau. The Switzerland international said that he knew what the next steps would be; therefore he had an edge in predicting his opponents’ moves.
“I think I brought some experience,” Roger Federer said. “Having been 2-0 down before, especially here at Wimbledon and knowing how to handle the situation, when I broke at the start of the third set I knew the match was open.
“I knew I could not afford any more mistakes and I knew physically it would not be a problem. I started to play better and better as the match went on and I think that's what I said to myself as I sat down at two-love down. I had experience on my side.
“I had to hope that he would miss a few but you don't rely on that, you rely on your own strength. I missed a lot of opportunities but I also made some big plays when I had to and I tried to stay calm in the eye of the storm,” Roger Federer added.