I waited to write about Gulbis’ victory over Federer in Round 3 of the French Open due to high emotions. I should also state a few disclaimers. 1. This is a highly opinated blog by someone that plays and watches a lot of tennis, who also played in college. 2. I love and have more respect for Roger Federer than most any player, but I’m not a dedicated fan like most. 3. I love Tommy Haas. And Juan Monaco.
Having gotten that out of the way, allow me to digress with the opinion part of this blog. In past interviews Gulbis has come off as a total ass, and interviews about his match with federer are not much different. Gulbis was down 2-5 in the fourth set and decided to take a medical time out before it was Federer’s turn to serve. Yes, it is allowed and no, it’s not always necessary for the player taking the time-out. However, it is a great way to slow momentum of the winning player.
Federer ended up losing to Gulbis. I don’t want to take away from Gulbis’ skillful playing in this match, because he did play well. By Gulbis’ own admission ‘..he got lucky’. Hey, even ugly whores make money! He also stated that, ”He’s Roger Federer, but he also gets tight.” To put the onus of mental toughness on Federer is completely short-sighted. If Roger is tight then what is Gulbis? Most of us in the tennis community do not hang out in the gutter, so it’s hard to relate to this mentality.
I’m not a disgruntled Federer fan, but I do believe in calling a fig a fig.
I hope Tomas Berdych kicks his ass in the quarters.