Yet another amazing milestone in the GOAT’s career. By defeating his friend Stan 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-0, Roger made sure he will be #1 for 300 weeks regardless of Djokovic’s result in Shanghai. I asked for an encore in my last post. I guess Roger doesn’t take long to respond. Roger’s place at the top of the rankings is currently in danger, so it’s great that he could get to this milestone in time. If he is overtaken by Djokovic now before the end of the year it would hurt less. This is yet another record set by Roger that will be very hard to equal. It may never happen. Just another reason why Roger really is the GOAT.
But let me get back to Roger’s first round against Lu for a second, since I didn’t make a post about it. I watched the highlights and it looked like a terrific match. The crowd was really into it and Lu played really well. So the 6-3, 7-5 win from Roger was pretty impressive. The most exciting thing however was that the courts looks fast and low bouncing, kind of like Cincinnati. This is great news for Roger’s title chances in Shanghai. The match against Wawrinka was tough though. I just watched the highlights and Wawrinka has been playing well of late. He certainly didn’t just roll over for his friend.
The last time he beat Roger was at Monte Carlo which cost Roger the #1 ranking. That turned out to be a very costly loss. I didn’t think Roger would let that happen again, but it was close. Roger toughed it out in the tie break of the second set however, and ran away with the final set. When it really mattered Roger came up with the goods once more. This match sets him up nicely for the rest of the tournament. It will give him confidence. He now plays against Cilic and I predict a straight set win. Then he will probably play against Murray who destroyed Dolgopolov 6-2, 6-2 today. Murray is obviously riding a wave of confidence, but I like Roger’s chances in these conditions.
Dedicated to the true Spartan of the tennis world..
It would be a good chance for revenge after the Olympics final. Roger needs to remind Murray what happened in the Wimbledon final. He also needs to remind him who is #1 in the world. But first he needs to take care of Cilic, while Murray has to take care of Stepanek who had a pretty impressive win over Isner. In the bottom half of the draw Tsonga and Berdych will face off, while Djokovic must deal with 34-year old come back kid Haas. Tsonga and Berdych should be interesting. Hard to call a winner there, while Djokovic will be the favorite against Haas. Having said that Haas destroyed Djokovic’s countryman Tipsarevic 6-2, 6-1.
That is a result even Djokovic would be proud of. Haas’ revival has been a breath of fresh air. After beating Tipsarevic he is back in the top 20. He has struggled a lot with injuries and it is really impressive how he has come back. The best case scenario is that Haas defeats Djokovic and Roger goes on to win the event. That would help Roger’s chances to end the year ranked #1. One of my readers let me know that Roger’s main goal is to stay injury free however, and not to end the year #1. That is what you would expect of Roger, and that pretty much confirms that he won’t play Paris.
But I wouldn’t eliminate the possibility of ending the year ranked #1 just yet. I am just excited that the courts in Shanghai seems fast, which will give Roger a great chance to win his 7th title of 2012 and his 77th title overall. This is a great chance to beat both Murray and Djokovic again!
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