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I feel sorry for him in a way.

- Sam Querry on Roger Federer's recent struggles to keep up the standard set by the Swiss
Are you *ucking kidding me? I don't think anyone, including Fed himself, would feel sorry for a tennis baller with 12 Grand Slams, millions in the bank, and a spot at the top. Pleeeease.

*VIA DOWNTHELINETENNIS.COM

(image via Getty)

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Comment by Patrick on April 23, 2008 at 5:57pm
I think I understand where he's coming from when he says, "I feel sorry for him in a way." It's got to be difficult to be the world number one for four years or however long it's been. You're not allowed to lose...not allowed to have an off day. Getting punched out, even on clay, by some guy ranked below 100th would be humiliating. Unless that guy suddenly started winning tournaments. But even then, the comments about Federer on SportsCenter or whatever would be laced with spite. Just like when Tiger finally missed a cut after seven years or whatever that was. Sure, people would be touting his greatness in going over his statistical domination, but they'd be also be giving him the old "he's only human" and all that crap, not to mention speculating about the beginning of his eventual downfall. I get it. Especially since this is coming from a sports writer who is more interested and vested in the image of a player as better than everyone else, rather than the guy as a person. Or even in the statistics of maintaining such near-impossible dominance. I'm not saying I agree, but I can see the guy's point of view.

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