From my column in Sporting News:
He just stood there and let it happen to him. That’s what was so disturbing. He let himself be pushed around. He dumped shots into the bottom of the net. Did Roger Federer just give up?
Yes, he did. He was beaten into it, but this was his “No Mas” moment.
He blew a two-sets-to-love lead, losing 3-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Wednesday in the Wimbledon quarterfinals.
Not discouraged? Keep telling yourself that, Roger. You were so discouraged that you stopped fighting. “I thought I played well,” he said. “At least it took a special performance to beat me.”
This is not going to be easy to come back from. A great tennis player relies on his endless fight, his self-motivation. A champion thinks he’s going to win even if his opponent is playing out of his mind.
Please read the rest of the column here