For the past three tournaments since his Australian Open title, Roger Federer has been on the losing end of his opponents’ “best career match”. In Miami, it came in the fourth round to Tomas Berdych, and in Indian Wells, it was in the third round to Marcos Baghdatis. Yesterday, Federer was knocked out in the second round of the Rome Masters (his first clay court match of 2010) to the 40th world ranked Latvian, Ernests Gulbis in a third set that neither player seemed to want to win. Gulbis had blown six match points in that third set, before he finally converted on his seventh to win, 2-6, 6-1, 7-5. Though these are not the results that Federer would want to have leading into his title defense at Roland Garros, every tennis fan knows that the World No. 1 always plays best on the big stage.