There were a few years there where most of the world was convinced that Roger Federer wasn’t even human. Instead it was pretty much accepted that Federer was a robot from the future sent back in time to win all of our tennis trophies because in the future tennis trophies are used as fuel for cars from the future. Okay, so maybe I was the only one who thought that was the case, but you have to admit the man was pretty robotic.
Well yesterday my theory came crashing down all around me. You see, robots can’t cry, yet after losing the Australian Open in five sets to his arch-nemesis Rafael Nadal in a four and a half hour marathon match, Roger couldn’t help but let the disappointment overcome him. And what else can a man who is not a robot and just lost another grand slam title to Nadal do but cry?
From the SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER:
Nadal’s 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-2 win in 4 1/2 hours denied Federer the historic 14th Grand Slam and has to be an even bigger blow to the world No. 2 than last July’s Wimbledon defeat that ended 9-7 in the fifth. Federer sobbed during the trophy presentation, Laver nearby, receiving consolation from none other than Nadal, who acted like a big brother.
“In the first moment you’re disappointed, you’re shocked, you’re sad, then all of a sudden it overwhelms you,” Federer said. “The problem is, you can’t go in the locker room and take it easy and take a cold shower. You can’t. It’s the worst feeling.”
Of course, what good are words when you got moving pictures?
Personally I don’t see what the big deal is here. I mean, why cry over losing the men’s title at the Australian Open? It’s not like you lost something important, like the women’s title or the Super Bowl.