As my long time readers will know, I usually make a follow up post when I have criticized Roger, being easier on him the second time around. In my last post I felt it was strange that Roger played Davis Cup after stating that he was exhausted and needed a break. Thank you for all your contributions. Thank you for sticking around and it’s my off weekend so I have some time to write a post in response now. I just thought it was strange that Roger said after Davis Cup that it doesn’t matter all that much to him, and that he mostly plays Davis Cup to be with his friends. Well why doesn’t he take a break and be with Mirka and the twins?!
But Roger is after all the GOAT of scheduling and decision making so it’s not wise to second guess him. Although I’m still not convinced he made the best decision by playing Davis Cup, I will give him the benefit of the doubt. It’s not like Switzerland is going to win the Davis Cup anyway. Roger can’t commit to play every tie and the Swiss team doesn’t have enough depth. I guess he felt he doesn’t want to completely dessert his country and that playing Davis Cup would allow him to relax a bit with his friends as well. Roger looked very disappointed after losing to Berdych in New York. Confused even.
Maybe that loss caused him to make the wrong decision. Or maybe he just needed to play Davis Cup with his friends. Who knows. The difficulty with being Roger is that everyone wants a piece of him. I’m amazed how well he has done to please everyone and still be #1 in the world. It can’t be easy to be pulled in all directions all the time. Having said that, I’m not sure playing exhos in South America at the end of the year was a wise decision either. I know he has never played in South America, but can’t it wait a bit longer? It’s been a demanding year for Roger and at age 31 he surely wants to get all the rest he can afford.
I just think the fact that he got #1 back was very hard work and is so exciting at age 31 that he must hold onto it for as long as he possibly can. But maybe he feels breaking Sampras’ record amount of weeks at #1 was enough as well as winning #17 at Wimbledon. I mean we couldn’t have asked for more this year. He achieved the two most important things. To ask for more is bordering on insanity. I mean there were times when we thought he would never achieve these two things, so we need to be grateful. Yes I would love for him to at least end the year ranked #1 after losing in the quarters at the US Open, but I suppose Roger can’t have every record in the book, just like he doesn’t have Olympic gold in singles and probably never will.
Having said that, the season is not quite over yet and as we have seen so many times in tennis, nothing is set in stone. It looks like Roger will play Shanghai from what I’ve read on RF.com. I don’t think he will pull out again after pulling out last year anyway. Making the trip all the way to the east is far from ideal, but that is the price he pays for having played Davis Cup. If he didn’t play Davis Cup he would be much more rested now, and going to Shanghai would not have been too taxing on him. I think he will now probably have to skip Paris. I don’t see him skipping Basel, and he is sure to play in London.
Basically Djokovic just has to show up in the rest of the events now and he will end the year ranked #1. But what I wanted to say with this post is that I was quick to draw conclusions in my last post and that Roger has never made any rash decisions. He knows what is best for him and I’m not gonna second guess him. But most importantly he has had a terrific year so far that I could only dream of when 2012 started, and I am content with what he achieved. Whatever more he achieves until the end of the year will be just gravy. Thought I’d add a poll just for interest sake.