Don't worry, guys. Your brackets are safe. Resume your steady breathing.
I honestly don't know what annoyed me more. Waking up hungover only to see Fed down two sets to love and knowing that there was no way Falla was going to close this out, seeing Falla go down 0-40 while serving for the match, enduring all the horrible puns on Falla, falling, and fire being bandied about by commentators and journos, or seeing this:
Fed dodged a bullet and he knows it. His post-match comments were complimentary of Falla and acknowledged that he should have lost this match but I was struck by his body language during his BBC interview immediately following the match. He didn't seem relieved to me. He looked concerned. Sure, Falla played the match of his life but Fed totally let him. And it's not like Fed raised his level for those last three sets. Falla choked on the moment and gave it away. Fed was tactically unsure of himself and his groundies were really rusty.
Who knows. In two weeks we may completely forget this match ever occurred. Or we'll be thanking Alejandro Falla for giving the locker room the confidence to know that yes, even the Great One, on his home turf, can fall down.
All I know is, after today's performance, I wouldn't bet against the field.