Roger Federer has been beaten by Radek Stepanek who clearly exposed the weaknesses of Fed's backhand with an attacking game helped by a booming serve.
Congratulations for Tetra_t...for predicting correctly yesterday in this forum about this encounter.
Fed worshippers will be in trouble finding an excuse this time because none of them has been talking about GF lately.
It is the SIXTH defeat by six different players in SEVEN tournaments for Federer this season.
This also credits all the analysts who clearly previewed the end of unilateral dominance of Federer since last year as all the guys know he is no longer unbeatable.
With this technically very limited backhand,it is obvious that Federer will not win the FO this year again because there are better clay-courters like Ferrer,Almagro,Davidenko and Nalbandian who will cause him all sorts of trouble on the surface.
Maybe it would be better for Federer to start thinking now about defending his title in Wimbledon which will be very difficult.
I expect many more defeats for Federer to come this season as winning a serious title this year (Master Series or GS)looks so laborious for him.