Federer ready to put 'one stupid move' behind him

Sun Jun 26, 2016 9:40am EDT
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By Pritha Sarkar

LONDON (Reuters) - All it took was "one stupid move" for Roger Federer's season to fall into an abyss.

For much of his career, the seven-times Wimbledon champion had been blessed with a body that seemed bullet-proof against the aches, pains and injuries suffered by most top athletes.

But one false move by the man usually known for his gliding footwork while running a bath for his six-year-old twin daughters sparked a chain of bad luck that has left Federer in a situation that is completely alien to him.

For the first time since 2000, the 17-times grand slam champion, who required surgery on his left knee in February to repair a torn meniscus, arrived at Wimbledon without winning a title in the first six months of the year.

"I was very, very sad, just because I thought I was going to be lucky not having to do surgery in my career. I was doing so well all of last year," the Swiss third seed, who reached the Wimbledon and U.S. Open finals last year, told reporters on Saturday. 

"I was great at the Australian Open. Felt good throughout," added Federer, who was beaten by world number one Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals.

"After that, everything changed.

"The next day, one stupid move, the season's been completely different than what I expected it to be."   Continued...

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Switzerland's Roger Federer during practice
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