Rafa is Roger’s Good Luck Charm

Federer defeats Tsonga, 6-2 2-6 6-4

Rafa lurks in the background

Defending champion Fed won his first round-robin match over Tsonga.  The match followed a typical Fed movie: strong start, 2nd set walkabout, recovery in the 3rd set.

The turning point came at 5-4*, when Rafa walked into the O2 arena.  With Jo serving to stay in the match, Fed was able to break and take the win.  Of course, Rafa is in the same round-robin group as Roger, so his presence in the arena wasn’t purely for magnanimous support.  Still, Rafa’s face probably buoyed Fed’s spirits and pushed him to a tricky victory.  A Fedal moment 🙂

Thierry Henry: Allez Roger! Je suis désolé, Jo! (Photo: Getty Images)

French football star Thierry Henry sat in Fed’s player box and cheered against his countryman, Tsonga.  This reminds me of 2009, when Argentine futbolista Carlos Tevez sat in DelPo’s player box, only to later reveal he was cheering for Fed.  I am no longer a Tevez fan (for many reasons in addition to that one)!

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About mariposaxprs

I play favorites with Juan Martin Del Potro, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, David Ferrer, Feliciano Lopez, Gilles Simon and the long line of mercurial talent that drives me to despair in front of the screen at odd hours during the week.
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4 Responses to Rafa is Roger’s Good Luck Charm

  1. queridorafa says:

    Ha, I love the idea of Rafa buoying Roger’s spirits (and/or Roger feeling the need to “impress” (intimidate?) Rafa))…and of Rafa lurking in the background. The lighting in the O2 arena does create kind of a creepy ambiance… 😉

    • mariposaxprs says:

      Yea, it was amazing because the 3rd set was closely fought. Then, once the cameras show Rafa’s face, that’s when Tsonga started playing poorly. I’m not sure it’s a complete coincidence 🙂 You’re right, the lighting makes everything look so dramatic and kind of foreboding. I’d love to be there though, b/c they make it seem like a boxing ring almost.

  2. ariennalee says:

    “a typical Fed movie: strong start, 2nd set walkabout, recovery in the 3rd set.”
    This does seem to be a repeating pattern for Fed, doesn’t it? Particularly later in his career?

    • mariposaxprs says:

      After the Wimbledon and US Open he’s had this year, it seems the match truly starts when Fed is up two sets or he has multiple match points. I remember dozing off when he was up 2 sets against Djokovic and waking up, fully expecting to see a “Roger-Rafa US Open final” headline. I think what he needs is a match where he comes from 2 sets behind and really has to grind out a win. I can’t remember the last time he’s had to do such a thing. It could be a bumpy ride in London for all players, esp with the weird bounces on the court that seem to throw off many of the players…

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