Hey, folks. He did it! I don’t think I will get far with this post, but I will make a follow-up post if I don’t. I just basically wanted to make a post and celebrate Roger’s biggest title in two years with you. I got up at 3 am this morning like I said I would but didn’t watch until the end. I started watching at 2-2 in the first set and left the match with Roger leading 4-1 in the third. From the start, Roger didn’t have things all his own way. It was only his second day match after his first match and he had much less than 24 hours to recover. Things were pretty close at the start and Roger finally got the break in the eighth game to take a 5-3 lead after Ferrer double faulted on break point. But while serving for the match he went down 0-40 on his serve. Somehow he dug himself out of that hole and won the first set. It was actually quite nervy stuff from the start.
Probably because I felt this was make-or-break for Roger, and probably he was feeling the same kind of pressure. At the start of the second set, Ferrer kept the pressure on and Roger’s level dropped, which resulted in Roger getting broken twice and trailing 0-5. Ferrer was right back in the match and this was a concern. Was Roger gonna let yet another Masters slip through his fingers? I was preparing myself for the worst case scenario. Roger even had to save two set points on his own serve at 0-5 to avoid the bagel. That was a key game right there. Roger didn’t want to get bageled by Ferrer and needed to get on the board before the start of the decider. He needed to change the momentum and achieved that. I was hoping for a straight set win so that I could go to sleep again quickly, knowing that I had to work soon.
But I couldn’t go to sleep at a set all. At the very least I had to watch until Roger got the break in the third and consolidated. Fortunately he did that and I went back to sleep knowing that the result would still be unsure when I wake up, but at least it was better than going to sleep at a set all. That would have been unbearable. Of course when I woke up the first thing I did was check the result. I even had a dream that Roger lost again. But waking up to Roger winning his first big title in two years was the best way to start the day and the week. I was absolutely delighted. It was also a relief given Roger’s recent record in Masters finals and the fact that he got breadsticked in the second set. Ferrer was playing well, and how many times can you keep beating a player before they finally get a win?
Good stats for Roger
Even Roddick got three wins against Roger. I mean 16-0 is just an insane head-to-head against a quality player like Ferrer. I was just praying that Roger would beat Ferrer this one more time because if he ever needed to beat him it was this time. Thank God he did and in doing so he broke the Masters final curse, won his 80th title, and qualified for the Masters Cup for a record 13th consecutive time. He surpasses Lendl who managed to qualify twelve consecutive times. At age 33 Roger is still setting up staggering records. The big news just a short while ago was that Nadal officially withdrew from the US Open. This is big for Roger as it removes possibly his biggest obstacle to winning the US Open. I would have been more worried about Nadal if he played than I am of Djokovic.
Djokovic has only won the US Open once, in 2011 when he was peaking. I don’t see how he can do it when he is in poor form. Roger will be the second seed and can only meet Djokovic in the final. I’d be surprised if Djokovic gets that far, and even if he does I would still pick Roger if he is in the final. Roger is the in form guy and he would be a good shout to turn that Wimby final around. But like I said I don’t expect Djokovic to make the final. With Murray having problems since his comeback, Wawrinka inconsistent since winning the Australian Open, and Berdych in dire form, it is hard to see who can stop Roger from winning #18 in New York. It feels like destiny to me too after what happened at Wimby. I never lost any sleep over that loss because I felt that the law of averages was against Roger there and that it would even out at some point.
Of course, I am super excited about the US Open and the fact that Roger goes there as the favorite, but for now I just want to enjoy this title which has been two years in the making. Roger has now won a 250, a 500, and a Masters this year. Make no mistake about it, Masters are big. They are just below the slams and Masters Cup as far as prestige go. It is usually the big four that wins them. Tsonga winning Toronto was an anomaly. So Roger is in good company winning this title. This title is special for me as a fan because 2013 was such a tough year as a fan and even though 2014 has been drastically different, Roger never won that one big title. I feared that even though he was having a resurgence in form, that he won’t win anything really big, and that his star would just keep fading.
Ready for take off 3…2….1….
But being a Fedfan is no ordinary experience. It is the best because this man is an anomaly in almost every sense. He just keeps raising the bar and proving critics wrong. It’s unbelievable. You can’t have a better experience as a sports fan of an individual or a team, surely. And I still feel like Roger has not reached his best level this year. I know I shouldn’t get over excited since this is Cincy and Roger gets assistance from the court speed, but I think Roger has learned a lot from his game in the last two weeks and it will give him huge confidence. I’m not worried about fatigue for the US Open either. This title will give Roger an energy boost if anything I think. He now has that winning feeling of a big event back and he will now want to scale the heights of slam glory for a staggering 18th time.
He has a week of rest ahead now so I think he will be ready and raring to go. The confidence will be so high now that he can probably win his early round without dropping sets and go into the second week with a full tank. Things are looking positive for New York but like I said I just wanna enjoy this win now, and once the draw is made I will really start thinking about New York. I want to dedicate this win to all the true Fedfans out there and to my readers especially who have kept the faith throughout and never lost sight of what this is really about. It’s been a long dry spell but we are now well and truly back in the winners circle as fans, and who knows, we may even visit that hallowed ground of slam glory again in the near future. I am just excited for the rest of 2014 no matter what happens.
The race rankings are now as follows:
1 Djokovic 7430
2. Nadal 6650
3. Federer 6160.
Points to defend for the top three until year end are as follows:
Djokovic defends 5200 points into the end of the year.
Nadal defends 4020 points into the end of the year.
Federer defends only 1330 points.
Big smile for a big winner!
As you can see there is now a very real possibility that Roger could end the year ranked #1. I feel he needs to win the US Open to do so, and that is certainly a possibility. It’s unbelievable that at this stage of Roger’s career the #1 ranking is even a possibility, and a very exciting one at that. In the end it’s mostly about the slams though, and we all know Nadal will be back chasing Roger’s slam count again. So above anything I’d like Roger to win #18 in New York. But really there is no need to get obsessed over that now. Roger has got that big title in the bag and I thought the possibility that Roger could become #1 again is a very interesting one. But even if Roger wins nothing from now until year end it would already have been a special year, so I am just staying in the moment and enjoying all of it. I hope you do too!