I’ve lost a lot of matches I should have won this year, and today I won one I should have lost. It’s a tough loss for him, it’s an amazing win for me.
–Roger Federer, on his first round win at Wimbledon
Roger Federer, started defense of his sixth Wimbledon championship, on shakier footing than we’ve perhaps ever seen him on here on these lawns, and came back from to sets down to defeat frequent opponent of late, Alejandro Falla, 4-6, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (1), 6-0.
I agree with Roger. He should have lost this match. He was down two sets to one and a break, late in the fourth set, and won a must win game at 4-5 when Falla was serving for the match. This was a very tough match for Falla, especially because he began to make errors with the match his for the taking, both in that service game in the fourth set and in the tie breaker, where he again, could have won the match. With Federer beating on Falla so much at the French Open and beating here at SW-19, and then getting murdered by Roger in Halle, Falla really summoned his game for most of the match and made Roger look lethargic.
The big serve was critical at times for Roger, who hit 21 aces. He also got to the net fairly often, 53 times, winning 35 of those points. But Roger got lucky today, going 5 with a guy he had never lost to, in a situation where he really hadn’t been, as he is rarely challenged like this in a first round match. I feel like Falla really let him off the hook, but that perhaps Federer was due for a little luck.
By the way, excellent uninteruppted coverage of the match from John McEnroe on the Wimbledon mix channels.