Tenaciously Tennis

Federer, Allegro Fall in First Round of Doubles

It’s nice seeing Roger Federer playing doubles, or at least reading about it. In fact, it’s very nice. However, with that said, it’d be even better if Federer went further with his partner, Yves Allegro, in his first grass tournament of the season at the Gerry Weber Open. Instead, the Swiss friends lost in the first round to the reigning champions, Christopher Kas and Phillipe Kohlschreiber, 6-4, 7-6.

Ironically, the last tournament the duo won together was the same tournament in 2005, during which they beat a compelling pair of Marat Safin and Joachim Johansson in the final.

Although disconcerting to see Federer lose in the opening round of a tournament, this in no way serves as a marker for his future grass court season. With the quarterfinal loss to Robin Soderling at the French Open fresh in his memory, combined with this latest defeat, look for Federer to be fired up in single action right up until, and during, this year’s Wimbledon. He’s the greatest player of all time for a good reason.


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