As a huge Federer fan, seeing the frustration and disappointment of Federer nearly brought me to tears. However, I do take some comfort in knowing that after losing in the French Open the last four years, he has gone on to have an extraordinary second half of the season. Consider: In 2003, Federer lost in the first round of the French Open, then won Wimbledon five weeks later, which would be the spark for His greatness. He would also destroy Agassi in the Tennis Masters Cup. In 2004, Federer lost in the third round of the French Open, then would go on to appear in a record eight consecutive Grand Slam finals. He would go 41-2 for the remainder of the year, winning seven tournaments including Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. In 2005, Federer lost in the semifinals of the French Open, then would go on to win three consecutive Grand Slams. He would go 35-1 for the remainder of the year, winning five tournaments. In 2006, Federer lost in the final of the French Open, then would go on to win three consecutive Grand Slams. He would go 50-1 for the remainder of the year, winning eight tournaments. Note: in 2006, after winning the French Open, Nadal would be rather pedestrian the rest of the year, appearing in only one final. For all of the compliments about his desire and intensity, I wonder where are such traits in Nadal on non-clay surfaces.