Hi guys. Your comments on my last post has touched me so deeply that I decided to make another post as soon as I could. There are a few people who I missed like Steve, Feddybear, and Vily(off the top of my head), but most of you commented and there were even one or two new names. I was really touched by all your comments and it almost felt like a reunion after the crazy last six months I’ve had. I missed you all and found you in a new way. Some of you have come a long way with me and that is something special. We are connected as Fedfans even though we live all over the world. Now let me get to the subject(with my new laptop. Yes I finally got it and it will enhance my blogging). The first major of the year is already right around the corner and I want to cover it as well as I can. So I will start with a preview post.
The big news is that Nadal withdrew from his second consecutive slam after his shock exit to Rosol in the second round of Wimbledon. That is quite a big deal to say the least. Roger has not missed a grand slam event since starting out in 1999. He has played in a staggering 50 consecutive slams. Yet Nadal has already missed 3 slams since starting out and he has now missed 2 straight. Incredible. It just doesn’t add up. Something seems off. Some people are speculating he is under a silent doping ban. There were already such rumors back when he lost to Soderling at the French Open and then missed Wimbledon. Personally I wouldn’t be surprised at all if that is the case. There is just so much suspicion surrounding Nadal. I never trusted the guy. He is just totally false as far as I am concerned. I have said this time and time again, but it is mostly about winning for him and he will do whatever it takes to achieve that end.
Him and Roger have a striking difference in that regard, as Roger plays first of all for the love of tennis. For Nadal it is about fame and fortune. He represents everything what is wrong with this world, which is greed and selfishness. He is the worst possible role model for young people. Greed and selfishness is at the root of every problem in this world and make no mistake, there are huge problems in this world. Because of this I have never cared for Nadal. Roger has been accused of being arrogant, but he is a brutally honest guy. I don’t care if he is the most arrogant person of all time(which he definitely isn’t), it is always better to be honest than false. If Roger is arrogant then at least he is openly arrogant, which again is a million times better than being falsely humble, which Nadal is. I just can’t stand falseness.
That is the worst possible quality for any individual to have as far as I’m concerned. What I’m getting at is that I won’t be surprised by anything that Nadal does or has done. I simply don’t trust the guy. It is hard to believe he has been injured for almost 6 months now and there is no end in sight yet. And if he has been I guess we should not be surprised, given how brutally he has punished his body over the years. Anyway the fact that Nadal withdrew from Melbourne is a positive for Roger. Roger has a great record in slams when Nadal was not a factor. He won the French Open and Wimbledon in 2009 and Wimbledon this year. Unfortunately he missed out at the US Open this year when Nadal was absent. Point is it just a weight off his shoulders when he knows that Nadal is not in the draw of a slam or lost early.
He can just swing that racquet a little more freely, believe that little more in his chances. Of course Djokovic and Murray are still big stumbling blocks, especially Djokovic. Djokovic just won the Abu Dhabi exho, and although you know I put little to no stock in exhos, Djokovic will be ready and capable of defending his title in Melbourne. Murray gave him a very tough match in Melbourne last year, and the win over him in the US Open final will give him even more confidence that he can beat Djokovic this time. It’s the type of surface that suits Murray well, and after winning his first slam he will be a strong favorite for the title. Then of course there is also Del Potro, who is starting to threaten the top four. The draw will be important. With Nadal’s withdrawal Ferrer will be the fourth seed. It would help if Murray ends up in Djokovic’s half of the draw.
That would give Roger another great chance to make a slam final. The good news is that Roger won’t have to face either Djokovic or Nadal in the semis. Those two players are extremely tough for him to beat in Melbourne these days. Murray is tough too but not quite as intimidating as Nadal or Djokovic. And Del Potro is even less intimidating. It would be nice however if Roger doesn’t get Del Potro in his quarter. Not getting Del Potro in his quarter and playing Ferrer in the semis would be the easiest draw, but it’s hard to believe things will work out that way. Roger is more likely to either face Murray or Del Potro in the semis. But like I said, no Nadal improves Roger’s chances. He has nothing left to prove and he can just go out there and enjoy himself. The slowish surface favors Djokovic and Murray no doubt, but Roger 3.0 is not to be underestimated.
He definitely has a chance of winning a record fifth Australian Open. No doubt about it. I don’t see anyone else having much of a chance at the title than the top three. The favorites are probably in this order:
3) Del Potro
Of course Roger won’t play any tournaments leading up to the Australian Open. Murray is playing Brisbane this week and Djokovic is playing the Hopman Cup with Ivanovic. I like that Roger is taking some time of and getting rest before the big one. He will be fresh and ready to go for the slam which probably has the best atmosphere for me. I’m looking forward to another slam without Nadal and to see if Roger can rack up his 18th slam title!
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