Did Roger Federer whiff his final shot in the Madrid Masters final?
Apparently, Roger Federer can laugh at himself ... which is good since a lot of other people -- probably with much less talent in tennis -- might be laughing at him as well.
Federer appeared to completely miss an easy (for the top-ranked player in the world, at least) forehand shot on match point against Rafael Nadal in Sunday's Madrid Masters final, giving Nadal the 6-4, 7-6 (5) victory.
In some replays, Federer's racket doesn't seem to miss the ball entirely, but it sure looked like a whiff on the live broadcast:
Either way, Federer is said to have laughed it off. "Well, I've had more beautiful match points," he said after the loss. "I decided to take a chance, and it didn't pay off."
-- Chuck Schilken
The Associated Press contributed to this report.