Tennis fans across the globe are fearful that former World Number 1 Roger Federer (Player Info) won’t be granted a qualifying spot in the upcoming ATP World Tour finals.
The UK’s Andy Murray, 2013 US Open champion Rafa Nadal and current No.1 Novak Djokovic have all been given qualifying spots but Federer has a battle on his hands to make it into the eight-man field.
In a reversal of fortune, Fed has had a difficult year on the tennis court. After losing in straight sets to No. 22 Tommy Robrero at the fourth round of the US Open the Swiss was uncharacteristically down about his loss from the fans point of view “I thought that I could take advantage of the fact that people were really going to get behind me. Unfortunately I didn’t show the game that they could really get into it and excited about.” However some were not expecting Federer to face Nadal in the US Open (who he has yet to meet at the New York Slam) after disappointing results in the rest of the year’s major tournaments – Second round at Wimbledon, semi-final at the Australian Open and quarter-finals in Paris.
Now, for the first time since 2002 Federer has failed to reach the final of a major tournament and suffered the indignity of a straight sets defeat. His place at Number 7 in the world at in the end of year ATP World Tour Finals really is hanging on a line. So far he is just 130 points ahead of compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka, however Juan Martin del Potro’s early exit from the tour has given Fed a boost one place up the rankings.
Although clearly disappointed and frustrated at his performance in 2013’s final Grand Slam Fed has reassured his fans that he will not be giving up his racquet any time soon – “I’ve definitely got to go back to work and come back stronger,” he said. “Get rid of this loss now as quick as I can, forget about it, because that’s not how I want to play from here on. I want to play better. I know I can. I showed it the last few weeks, that there is that level.”