Roger Federer has won some of the most unlikely points and some unlikeliest games in tennis. However, the rub of the green has not always gone in favour of the swiss ace. In certain instances, despite all his efforts, the results have not matched up to his expectations.
During the ATP tour game at Madrid against Robin Soderling, Federer won the first set via tie-break. A series of missed opportunities and bad luck forced the second set into a tie-breaker as well.
Serving at 2-2, Soderling fired in a powerful serve but found himself on the backfoot courtesy Federer’s skilful stroke play across the court. Knowing that he had the upper hand in the rally, Federer tried to force the initiative by hustling towards the net and sliced a powerful return from his Swedish opponent.
Call it bad luck, Soderling’s return found the top of the net and Federer, gearing up for a volley was caught on the wrong foot. The ball clipped the top of the net and bounced over Federer who raced backwards and barely managed to keep the ball in play. However, he recovered back in time to face Soderling’s return.
Though Soderling couldn’t close out the point, he managed to keep the rally going. Finding Soderling at the net, Federer tried an overhead lob which unfortunately landed beyond the baseline and the ball was called out.
Federer flung his racquet in the air in despair. Despite playing a remarkable point, he couldn’t manage to win it. Although it was a case of so close yet so far, Federer did manage to win the game.