wearing red didn’t help their luck


The slippery slides of Roger Federer and Nikolay Davydenko couldn’t be helped by the good luck, in Chinese culture, brought by wearing red. Both are playing in their first round-robin matches at the Tennis Masters Cup Shanghai this week.

nikolay davydenko and roger federer - shanghai

Andy Roddick (in Lacoste) beat Kolya (in white/red Airness) in a 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 match. The American (is that ok with you, Shain?) had a second-set blip that left him throwing down his racquet, but found his mojo in time to make a run of five straight games in the third set to go up 5-1.

Meanwhile, R-Fed suffered his first back-to-back loss since Hamburg/Roland Garros in 2003. This year, he lost in the third round of the Paris Masters Series to David Nalbandian, and in this first round-robin match in Shanghai against Fernando Gonzalez, who notched his first win against Federer in 11 tries. The scoreline: 4-6, 7-6 (1), 7-5.

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  1. libby says

    “R-Fed suffered his first back-to-back loss since Hamburg/Roland Garros in 2003.”

    I’m confused — didn’t he lose consecutive matches just this year? To Canas at Indian Wells and then Miami?

  2. says

    Not quite. Two consecutive losses came from Canas, but it went like this:

    Indian Wells:
    R64 Federer loses to Canas 5-7 2-6

    R128 Bye
    R64 Querrey, Sam 6-4 6-3
    R32 Almagro, Nicolas 7-5 6-3
    R16 Canas, Guillermo 6-7(2) 6-2 6-7(5)

  3. libby says

    Thanks, Erwin! I had it in my mind that both those losses were in the first rounds — what a long, strange season it’s been. :)

  4. Jan says

    It looks to me like all the men seem to be wearing shorter shorts than the rest of the year. Or are my eyes deceiving me? And Nole’s shorts looked less baggy as he served to Gasquet.

    Even Rafa’s capris seem to have given way alittle, perhaps as a concession to the knee tape.

    If anyone else would have noticed this change, it would surely be you. Can you confirm or deny?

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