June 27, 2010, 2:04 am - (2 years ago) This should be reposted or bumped whenever people get too worked up about "gamesmanship".
From the Oregonian: Federer took an injury timeout in the fifth set of the Australian Open2005 semifinal against Marat Safin after he fell behind in the set. He needed a back massage. He lost the match.
Federertook an injury timeout in the fifth set of the Masters Cup 2005 finalagainst David Nalbandian after he fell behind in the fifth set. Heneeded a leg massage. He lost the match.
Federer took an injurytimeout in the second set, down a set and a break, in the second roundof Indian Wells in 2007 against Guillermo Canas to have his footblisters retaped. He lost the match. (He claimed his feet were healedat the next event in Miami. He lost again in a third-set breaker in thefourth round to none other than Guillermo Canas.)
Federer gave James Blake a walkover in the quarterfinals of theParis Masters in 2008 citing a back injury. (I'm including this becauseanother writer/fan asserted yesterday that Federer had never retiredfrom a match or granted a player a walkover.)
Federer took an injury timeout down a break in the third set of around robin match at the 2008 Masters Cup against Andy Murray. Heneeded a back massage. He lost the match. Click here to read full article