Hi guys. I didn’t even feel like making a post now but maybe if I do it will make me feel better. Roger did it. He lost 6-3, 6-7(8), 4-6 to Berdych. I said in my last post what a crucial match this was, especially after what happened in Dubai against Benneteau. That match was so unlike Roger 3.0 that I chose to believe he had a back issue. It is now pretty clear to me that he did not and that we are seeing the return of Roger 2.0. I gave him the benefit of the doubt after the Benneteau loss but after seeing him waste 3 match points, one of which was on his serve in the tie break, I can only conclude that Roger 2.0 is back. I know it is a depressing thought guys. You get a feeling for these things when you follow tennis for a long time. It was important for two reasons: The fact that he lost to Berdych at the US Open and that he was becoming a problem opponent for him, and the fact that he lost to Benneteau in Dubai.
He needed to set the record straight. If he then lost to Djokovic it wouldn’t have mattered. It would just have been a great opportunity because he would not have been the favorite. The courts and conditions suited him as well. But it turned out to be the nightmare that we all feared. The point that lost him the match was at 6-4 in the tie break when he served for the match. He was a break down in the tie break and broke back. He then broke again to take a 5-4 lead and held his first service point with an ace. He turned it around and it was his chance to go out there and take it. I am getting mad even as I write this. He then made a lame unforced error to hand the break right back to Berdych. Roger 2.o personified. The passion gone. The killer instinct gone. This is deeply concerning as some of my readers have already pointed out.
It’s the kind of loss that cuts deep and really hurts. We went through a lot of pain and suffering to see the end of Roger 2.0 and the arrival of Roger 3.0, and now the prior is back. It is just too much to bare. I am not trying to depress you or send negativity your way. I am just being completely honest about how I feel and putting my emotions out there. I don’t even know what to say. Roger played so well in Melbourne and I was so optimistic about 2013 and now this. It’s as if he just basically quit. No I don’t believe Melbourne burned him out and no I don’t believe it’s wise to just focus on slams or if that is even his thinking at this point. If his passion is gone he may as well retire. Are you game for another run of Roger 2.0? Do you remember what it was like to follow Roger 2.0? One heartbreaking loss after the other, always leaving a bitter taste in the mouth.
It’s not worth it. Yes a loyal fan must stick with their man but at their own expense? Besides, how do you want to remember Roger? As a dominant player who was at the top until the day he retired or as someone who painfully faded away in the twilight of his career? I go for the the first option. I read an interview with Roger recently where he says that his family is very important to him. Maybe his priorities have now shifted and he just doesn’t care about tennis as much as he used to. Yet he said in the same interview that he wants to play for many more years and play the 2016 Olympics. I don’t see how he wants to do that playing at 2.0 level. It is just not worth the daily grind if you suffer heartbreaking losses like he did today. It would be better to spend more time with his family and take on other business ventures as well as work on his charities.
As far as I’m concerned the passion and killer instinct must be there or it’s not worth it. Roger 3.0 or no Roger at all. All or nothing. As soon as his heart isn’t in it 100% it is time to retire. You do something all the way or you don’t do it at all. No need to put his fans through the pain of Roger 2.0 again and no need to leave the sport with a bitter aftertaste in the mouth. Retire now or get your shit together. Simple as that.