Anna Wintour, the Vogue style mogul, was back in Roger Federer’s box Tuesday night for his U.S. Open quarterfinal versus Grigor Dimitrov, decked out in her hallmark black sunglasses.
Possibly this time Wintour shed a tear behind her tones as the long time Federer fanatic viewed him break down in Flushing as midnight closed in.
It is time. Daddy Time. The 38- year-old Swiss Genius looked more like the Swiss Mess in the fifth set, when Dimitrov leapt to a 4-0 lead. No one wanted this upset except for the scattered green-and-red attired Bulgarian fans on hand, cheering on their compatriot, Dimitrov.
Federer’s dry spell in Flushing continued. He last won at the Open in 2008, when Donald Trump was a routine guest in his own suite.
After the fourth set, Federer took a 10- minute medical timeout, heading to the back for treatment of his upper back and neck. Federer said it had begun acting up that afternoon.
” Simply needed to try to loosen it up, split it and see if it was going to be better,” Federer stated. “I combated with what I had.”
It wasn’t much. Dimitrov drilled him 6-2 in the last set. Federer looked as if he were playing in sluggish motion, missing out on simple shots into the top of the net as Dimitrov controlled a number of the baseline rallies. It was recognition, recalling somebody called John Millman knocking Federer out of Flushing in last September’s fourth round. Federer has actually lost his aura here.
The quarterfinal loss brings into focus– again– the concern of just how much Federer has left. Composed off before, he has made a slew of returns.
” Do I think I’m going to get more chances?” Federer said when asked if he thinks he can manage another Grand Slam title at 38 and counting. “I do not have the crystal ball. Do you?
” So we never ever understand. I hope so, naturally. I think still it’s been a positive season. Disappointing now, however I’ll get back up, I’ll be all right. … I felt it the whole time. That’s it. I had the ability to play with it. My bad not to win.”
Federer read off his schedule for the rest of the year when asked. He’ll play the novel Laver Cup in late September in his native Switzerland, then an occasion in his hometown of Basel, the ATP inside in Paris and the season-ending ATP Finals in London.
” That’s the schedule for now,” Federer stated late Tuesday night. “I don’t know if the group have other ideas or not. I’m delighted to get a little bit of a break now, return to practice, reassess and attack from there.”
When it was announced a year ago the Laver Cup would remain in Geneva, Switzerland, it seemed a perfect way to bid goodbye to the sport as its greatest gamer. The Laver Cup, developed by his representative Tony Godsick, pits Europe versus the World in team format.
Unfortunately, such a dramatic exit does not appear on the horizon, though Federer has said when he makes the huge retirement statement, it will include no notification, no tips.
The Open marches on, however will not have two of the Huge 3 as shoulder-impaired Novak Djokovic gave up in the third set Sunday versus Stan Wawrinka, down two sets and a break.
Federer had excessive class to give up in the fifth set on Dimitrov, who had fallen off the map (ranked 78 th) after when being called “Infant Federer,” but may have new life under his brand-new tutor, Andre Agassi.
As Rafael Nadal battled Wednesday night for a semifinal berth, the absence of Federer and Djokovic is a pointer this golden age of the Huge 3 will not last forever.
When they are done, males’s tennis might be in for a dull duration, specifically if none of the American men emerge. (They had all disappeared by the end of the 3rd round).
Andy Roddick is the last American male to win a Grand Slam– the 2003 U.S. Open.
” As long as the Big 3 are around, night sessions at Arthur Ashe are covered,” Roddick told The Post. “They sell out Mason, Ohio, in the middle of summertime. When those men carry on, there will be a real vacuum of star power and crossover appeal. When the Huge 3 relocation on, the need will be larger [for Americans].”
Roddick believes it’s “even-money” who winds up with most Grand Slam titles among the Trio Grande. Federer remains in the lead with 20, Nadal might get to 19 by Sunday. Djokovic is climbing at 16.
If Federer still wishes to play next year and keep them honest at age 39, here’s hoping it will be his last go-round.
Nobody wants to see this tennis artist, a five-time U.S. Open champ, lumbering around Flushing at age40 We saw Willie Mays do it throughout the street as a Met and it wasn’t quite.