Roger Federer Goes Down 6-4, 6-7, 6-7 To Richard Gasquet In Rome.
Roger Federer will have to put any plans of winning the Rome Masters on hold as he went down in defeat today against France's Richard Gasquet. Gasquet held his nerve after losing the first set 6-4. The second set was tight and he managed to win the second set through a tiebreaker.
Federer for his part, served well but fell short of the level of play that Gasquet had challenged. Neither men could break the other's serve in the third set that resulted in another tie breaker. Gasquet completed the tie-breaker winning 7-3 and advancing to the next round.
Federer will most likely train hard for the French Open which is the next tournament up. He now has lost to two different men besides Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. Federer's last loss came at the hands of Jurgen Melzer of Austria at the Monte Carlo Masters.
Though Federer will have more time to train and work on his game, his real preparations according to him, come from playing more matches. His only faint hope of encouragement is that he will now prepare for the best of five set format of the grand slam.
This is the first time that Richard Gasquet was able to defeat Roger Federer. Federer had previously won all of their head to head matches. Many had been waiting for Gasquet to finally put his talent to use and maximize his full potential. After today, one could say that he has finally made a good start.
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