Wimbledon: Federer survives scare, wins 1st round

Posted By: Samyuktha

Wimbledon, Jun 22: It was an unusual opening at the Wimbledon men's singles. Defending Champion Roger Federer found himself in a rather 'uncomfortable' situation when his 60th-ranked rival started gaining control of the game.

Federer had the audience wide-eyed when he performed terribly in the first two sets against Alejandro Falla of Colombia and was just three points away from losing the very first match.

However, the six time Wimbledon champ quickly turned the game around and pulled of a 5-7, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (1), 6-0 victory.

"You definitely feel, you know, uncomfortable, because if you're used to being down the whole time, your whole life, it's something that's kind of normal. For me, it's not normal to be down two-sets-to-love, especially at Wimbledon and early on in Grand Slams. It's something I'm not quite used to," said Federer.

"But still, I was able to find a way. That's most important right now. Doesn't matter how I felt out there. Didn't feel great, that's for sure," he added.

However, this strange and shocking Wimbledon scare of Federer's has given raise to questions if the likes of Rafael Nadal, who beat Federer on clay in Madrid earlier in 2010, and Lleyton Hewitt, who defeated Federer on grass in Halle recently, would be able to unseat the Swiss and upset his campaign to go past Pete Sampras's record of seven wins at the Grand Slam tournament.

OneIndia News

Story first published: Tuesday, June 22, 2010, 12:35 [IST]
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