Hi there Fedfamily, I hope you guys are doing well. I feel like I owe you a post. It’s nice to see you guys leaving comments on my blog even though I’m not posting. There is the Fedfamily as a whole and then there is the Fedfamily of this blog, which have a unique flavor to it. I appreciate you all hanging around while I’m making some big changes in my life and I’m happy with how things have worked out. I have settled more over here in the US now and will be staying in one place from now on at my new job with regular hours. This will make it a lot easier for me to blog and keep up with the tennis world.
We are currently at a very exciting and privileged place as Fedfans. We were waiting for #17 for a long time and wasn’t sure anymore if it would come. But it all came together for Roger and us at that special tennis court which is the centre court of Wimbledon. All those tough losses and frustration was suddenly all worth it. We hung in there and came out triumphant. So I am proud of you guys and proud of Roger. It was all just so peRFect and worth reliving again and again. A 17th slam title, a 7th Wimby title, and back at the top of the rankings. Simply amazing. In a sene this is the best time to be a Fedfan.
This is like the third coming of Roger. First he was in his prime where he was piling up the slam titles one after the other, looking unstoppable. Then a certain Spaniard showed up who turned out to be Roger’s nemesis. He broke Roger’s heart at Wimby ’08 and then went on to shatter it at the Australian Open the following year. It was desperate times but the second coming was at hand. Roger went on to win his first French Open to complete the career slam and then broke Sampras’ slam record at Wimbledon right after. As Fedfans we were triumphant once more. Our waiting had paid off.
Roger then added one more slams to his tally at the following year’s Australian Open after losing it in such a heart breaking fashion the year before. It seemed things couldn’t get any better, but we wanted more. Roger then went through another ‘slump’, but this one was much longer. He was slamless for more than two years, suffering many tough losses in the process. It all started turning around after the US Open last year. Since then Roger has been on an incredible run, and it was really just a question of time before he would break through at slam level again. As of the beginning of this week he broke Sampras’ record of 286 weeks at #1.
Since the rankings only changes at the beginning of each week he is guaranteed to stay at #1 for a 287th week. Yet another incredible achievement. This all at 30 years of age in a brutal sport where there are always young players looking to make a name for themselves. I mean physically and mentally it is one of the toughest sports out there, which is why so few players achieve much after the age of 30. Yet here is Roger at age 30 winning the most prestigious tournament in the world and is right back on top of the tennis world. Unreal. Where do we go from here? Well as Fedfans we remain greedy. We always want more, no matter how much Roger achieves.
And there is nothing wrong with it. We have to keep setting new standards if we don’t want to stagnate. Why settle for less if we can have more? Realistically Roger can win more slams, so there is no need to be satisfied right now. This is the third coming of Roger and we want it to last as long as possible. We have waited long enough for it. So next up is the Olympic Games which is kinda special because it will be held at Wimbledon. The Olympics is not particularly special to me as a fan, but it would just make Roger’s resume that more complete if he does have a gold medal in singles. And I really like his chances.
He is coming freshly off center court from a 7th Wimbledon title and must be the overwhelming favorite for the title. Especially after Nadal withdrew. I also read today that Nadal will take a 15 day break to recover from his injury that he apparently got at Wimbledon. I guess Nadal is always injured after he loses. The bottom line is he played well against Rosol and was beaten by the better player. There is no doubt about it. This is now the same thing that happened after another shock loss to Soderling at the French Open. He skipped Wimbledon that year as well. I’m starting to think it is his ego that is hurt, not his body.
I mean Nadal always seems to be injured anyway. I just don’t trust the guy. Anyway it is a big loss to the event and Roger would have had a good chance at beating Nadal at the Olympics. So it’s a shame he isn’t playing, but it also helps Roger’s chances. We saw what happened after Nadal lost at Wimbledon and now he is out of the Olympics. The stars are once again aligning for Roger. I’m not trying to jinx him or anything folks. I just have a good feeling about it. But for me the big one is the US Open. If he wins that it will confirm that he is back for good. Nadal already looks like he won’t be much of a factor there, although you can never really tell with him.
If he does take off 15 days it means he will miss Toronto and maybe even Cincy. That wouldn’t help his preparation for the US Open and he may well lose before the semis. But even if he does end up playing Roger there it would be a good opportunity for Roger to beat him. I think after what transpired the last three years at the US Open Roger badly wants that title and he is almost destined to win it. I also hear the conditions may be faster there this year which will also help him. We will just have to see. I think until the end of the year Roger can win several more events. His best chances will come at the Olympics, Cincinnati, the US Open, Basel, and the Masters Cup.
But of course he will have chances at Toronto, Shanghai, and Paris too. I think he can realistically win five of the events left that there is to play. But mostly I want to see him win the US Open. If that is the only tournament he wins until the end of the year I’d already be a happy camper. And then of course I want him to end the year ranked #1. For that he may need to win two more events, which is easily doable. There is an exciting time ahead now until the end of the year. We have realistic hopes now of him doing great things until then. Like I said, the US Open is the key. If he wins there then you can expect a lot more from him in 2013…