Another 31-year-old had a very different experience on the same day.
Suffering the 200th loss of his career, on the day that his opponent ironically earned his 200th win, Roger Federer obviously was having a bad day in the office. For those who watch him play often it was quickly apparent that his game wasn't working for him against a very inspired player in Julien Benneteau. I'm sure Benneteau was hoping to exact a bit of revenge after the loss suffered at Wimbledon after being up two sets to none. He probably figured this was his chance, especially when he saw that Roger wasn't on his game. I mean, double faulting four times isn't something we normally see. Every time I would start thinking he was starting to pull things together it would quickly go sideways again. It was a disappointing loss for those who have been waiting to see him play again, hoping for another tournament win. Instead we will see him lose quite a few ranking points. His fans got spoiled between the fall of 2011 and all of 2012, seeing him win many titles, and it's difficult to get back to the reality that he is 31 and isn't winning everything again now.
Apparently he is taking a trip to South Africa before the Dubai tournament to support his foundation, hoping to get to meet Nelson Mandela. Hopefully he will be able to find enough practice time to get his game together in the next week-and-a-half to perform better in Dubai and especially Indian Wells, being that he has 1,500 points to defend between those two tournaments.