Sun May 16 04:02pm EDT
It's one of the most inexplicable things you'll ever see on the tennis court: The greatest player in history swung and missed on match point in Sunday's final of the Madrid Open against archrival Rafael Nadal.
The announcers speculated that the ball took a bad bounce on Federer, but I've watched the clip at least 20 times and don't see anything out of the ordinary on the bounce. It takes a little side hop, but that's what usually happens off a Nadal backhand. Federer just missed.
Let's say there was a bad bounce. Even then, Federer shouldn't be whiffing like he's David Ortiz. Coming up empty on a routine forehand is something that doesn't happen at junior tennis levels, let alone in a match between the two best players in the world.