More good news is that Federer has added the ATP 250 event in Stockholm to his schedule for this year. This may indicate that he is still motivated to end the year ranked number one. It certainly won’t be easy though. He is currently about 4000 points behind Nadal in the rankings, and he still has a win in Cincinnati and a final at the US Open to defend. Nadal on the other hand has two semi-finals to defend. Then after the US Open Roger played only Basel, Paris, and the Masters Cup. He made the final of Basel, lost in the second round of Paris, and made the semi’s on the Masters. So really he doesn’t have much to defend there, and now it looks like he will add both Shanghai and Stockholm this year. Nadal on the other hand played four events after the US Open and has pretty consistent results.
In the end I don’t know if playing Stockholm will make much of a difference in the year end ranking, because he can only gain a maximum of 250 points. But it’s nice to see him give it a go anyway. He hasn’t played nearly as much during the summer as he used to since his events have been relatively poor. Even if he can just close the gap on Nadal towards the end of the year it will help, and then he can make a real onslaught on the number one ranking next year during the clay and grass court season. It would be great if he can break Sampras’ record amount of weeks at number one in the end, and it’s certainly not impossible. Nadal will have a huge amount of points to defend in the clay and grass court seasons next year where he won just about everything, while Roger was having pretty poor results.
It’s just good to see that Roger is really motivated for these things and that he is not showing any signs of losing motivation. Other good news is that Roger is scheduled to play tomorrow night in Cincinnati as he had hoped. The two days of rest will really come in handy after the physically tough week in Toronto. Roger will play against Denis Istomin who beat James Blake easily today. They have only met once before in the 2006 Australian Open where Roger won easily. Also, Falla beat Monfils, who is the seed in Roger’s bracket. I think Roger’s draw looks good and he won’t have another Berdych-like match before the semi-finals. Everything seems to be going pretty well. I would love to see Roger make the semi’s in Cincy and then take it from there. Roger left the following message on Facebook:
In cincy and all going well. I play my first match on Wednesday night. Thanks for all the support.
I just found this video where Roger talks with the Swedish press about his participation in Stockholm and some other things. On thing that I realized is that the lung infection after the Australian Open sure didn’t help his momentum. I think he should put off the visits to Africa until after he retires. He also talks about the number one ranking and he is realizes it will take time to get back there. Also it’s a bit of a shame he won’t have Annacone with him again this week, but they are trying to arrange something for the Us Open. He looks happy and positive.