Well another pretty convincing defeat for the GOAT. Can we make a better conclusion now? Maybe. But that is a big maybe. We can say that Roger is not looking good at the start of the year as I’m sure many would say now. But it was obvious to me that he just didn’t care much. We are talking about the best grand slams player of all time here. And it kind of make sense that the best grand slam player of all time would be the worst exho player as well. I mean grand slams are what drives Roger. He lives for that big moment. So for me his poor performance in the exhos is a good thing if anything. It shows me that he is leaving his best for the slams. Am I over confident? Maybe. But like I explained in my previous post, I prefer Roger flies under the radar these days. This year he had his worst performances in slams when he was the favorite.
There was much expected of him at the Australian Open and Wimbledon this year, but he put in poor performances. At the French Open and the US Open he went in not looking very confident at all, and he played very well in those slams. So judging by recent times I think Roger actually does better when he is written off. That has been sort of the theme of the latter part of his career. Whereas he liked being the favorite and dominating in his prime, he now likes flying under the radar and surprising people. That is the way I like it too. I know there are some Fedfans out there who still believes or hopes that Roger can dominate tennis again, but to me that is just not very realistic. I also realize there were hopes that he can win two slams and reclaim the number one ranking this year, but I am not focused on those things.
If they happen it is just a bonus for me. But if Roger just wins one slam this year I’d be more than happy. He cannot play at JesusFed level all the time anymore. That is just a fact. So he needs to leave his best for the slams. Therefor I’d rather he doesn’t play that well outside of the slams and bring his best for when it really matters. He just has to play at JesusFed level in one slam, have some luck, and he has number 17 in the bag. Next for Roger is Doha. I don’t really know what to expect but judging from the exho, he probably won’t win it like he did last year. And once again I’m fine with that. I don’t want him to win Doha like this year and then go into Melbourne and basically stink up the place. I’d rather he surprise me. In the final Djokovic destroyed Ferrer 6-2, 6-1 today as I expected.
I think we can tell a bit more from this match. I think Djokovic is looking good and will be hard to stop from winning a third title in Melbourne. It is his favorite slam and he is just very difficult to handle on the slowish hard courts of Melbourne. If Djokovic is the favorite then there is no pressure on Roger either, and he can just play relaxed if he faces Djokovic and possibly cause the upset.
Happy new year everyone!