When asked whether Federer is losing his aura of invincibility, Melzer said: “I think you always have to respect Roger. This would be lack of respect from the players if you don’t respect Roger. He’s a great tennis player, what he has achieved in the past.

"He has played tennis on such a high level that for him being three in the world is a downgrade, which if you think about it, it’s kind of stupid. For me, he’s the greatest player that has ever played that game. For him to lose matches, it’s every time a tragic. There is a lot of players out there that would love to be in his shirt going out of that locker room and being on the court.”

Jurgen Melzer and Philip Petzschner won their second Grand Slam doubles title together on Saturday night, beating Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski 6-2, 6-2 in the U.S. Open final. But the result may be known less for what the champions did and more for what Petzschner didn’t do.

At 2-2 in the second set, Matkowski hit a short cross-court volley putaway that Petzschner appeared to get a racket on and volley back for a winner. Matkowski and Fyrstenberg went ballistic, claiming the ball did not come off Petzschner’s racket, but his leg. The umpire disagreed, and when the Polish duo asked Petzschner directly, he denied the ball came off any part of his body. The point was awarded, Petzschner and Melzer went on to win, and Matkowski was left seething, refusing to shake Petzschner’s hand after the match.