Hi guys, it’s been a while. There hasn’t been much going on in the world of Federer of late and today is my first day off in 10 days. So I thought I’d whip up a post for you. Let me just say that I appreciate the readers who have stayed loyal to my blog since I’ve made the move to the US. Thanks for being patient and sticking around. I have less readers these days but the core group of readers at my blog has stuck around, and that is all that really matters to me. I’m not gonna name you guys because I don’t wana miss anyone, but you know who you are. It’s great to have a bunch of civilized, tennis educated folks like you around.
Even though I was sure it would be the case, it is now official that Roger will play Shanghai. He really had no other choice having skipped Shanghai last year. He had some time off now as well and hopefully he got some good rest during that time. It’s an important stretch lying ahead for him now until year end. Shanghai is slowish outdoor but after that his favorite indoor season starts. It’s still doubtful whether he will play Paris though, and if he doesn’t it won’t be much of an indoor season for him. What annoys me is that he is playing that exho in South America which means he can’t go full out for the year end #1 ranking and play Paris.
A photoshop where Roger wears his new outfit
He may still play Paris, but that means he compromises his health as he will have less time to rest during the off season. Getting back to the poll in my last post, most people were against Roger playing both Davis Cup and the exhos, even though the option that playing both was the right decision won the poll. I think playing Davis Cup was fine, but playing the exhos is going to far in my mind. He played those exhos in the East with Sampras at the end of 2007 as well, and look what happened after that. I just think it’s unnecessary. I would like him to give the year end #1 a full go now, and now Paris is in doubt due to the exhos.
As far as a sixth year end #1 goes which would tie Sampras’ record, it is not a very important record. Having a calendar year is just an arbitrary division in the continuum of time. It’s the same with winning the calendar slam. Winning any four slams in a row is exactly as impressive as winning all four slams in a calendar year. The most important thing is who spent the most amount of weeks in the #1 spot, and Roger has that record now. But I can’t help but feeling ending the year ranked #1 would be a nice mental boost going into 2013. It would confirm he was the best player of 2012 and he would go into 2013 as the top dog.
Anyway it is what it is. We can just hope he still plays Paris and ends the year ranked #1, while at the same time the exhos doesn’t compromise his 2013.
Ps. One of my readers added an avatar for their comments which I liked. It would be nice if the rest of my readers can do the same so I can have a face next to comments. You guys know what I look like by now. It’s now your turn if you feel like it. You can add your own picture by going to http://en.gravatar.com/