It was almost the most astonishing result in Wimbledon’s history, the day that Federer went out of the tournament before any of the British men – there are only two this summer – had even stepped on to the lawns.
Lunchtime on the first day of the Wimbledon fortnight, and Federer looked all discombobulated out there on the grass, and he dropped the first two sets. If Falla had held on to his delivery when he served for the match at 5-4 in the fourth set, the rest of this fortnight would have been Federer-less, and Wimbledon without Federer is a bit like a cuckoo clock without a cuckoo, a glass of Pimm’s without the mint and the fruit.
From the Telegraph, June 2010
Not Andy's greatest performance but the good thing is that he managed to win in 3 straight sets. First round matches are often not great performances by all the top players (despite Greg seeming to think that Fed & Djokovic never start slowly) but I expect Andy will improve with each round he plays.
Fed also had a similar scare against Falla in R1 of the Olympics, where, according to the Guardian report, "Federer mixes the sublime and dire in three-set win".
That, and Wimby 2010, somewhat put Andy's match into perspective.