Hey Guys! As promised I am back with a post, and I am very excited to make it. I now have Internet at home which I am also very excited about. Now I just need to get TV this week so I can watch the US Open with you guys and I will be set. Unfortunately I could not watch Cincy but I am delighted with what transpired anyway. I said in my last post that I believe Roger will win Cincy and become the outright favorite for the US Open, and he did it in no uncertain terms, bagaling Djokovic in the final. Amazing! I just knew somehow that Roger would come back after the Olympics disappointment and his week of rest with a bang.
He needed to make it clear that the loss to Murray in Lodon was just a minor setback and that Roger 3.0 is here to stay. He is still the best player in the world folks. One thing that I have to apologize for is that I said he had to beat Djokovic to remain #1. That was a mistake. He would have been #1 even if he had lost, but winning that match was very important anyway. He didn’t only win it, he bageled Djokovic in the first set. Djokovic was starting to look ominous after winning Toronto and tearing up the field in Cincy. It has to be said however that the field in Toronto was weak and he didn’t face very strong opposition in Cincy until the final.
He faced Del Potro in the semis but Delpo was injured from what I gather. Roger on the other hand didn’t have it so easy. After my last post where he beat Tomic he played Fish who is dangerous on US hard courts, and Wawrinka who was in good form after beating Raonic. Roger beat both Fish and Wawrinka in straight sets, although he needed one tie break against each to get the job done. I didn’t see any of it, but I would guess it was pretty much JesusFed. He won his fifth Cincy title without dropping a set, and he was never broken throughout the tournament. Bageling Djokovic in the first set tasted extra delicious.
The tie break was close, but in the end Roger showed his mental strength and won it 9-7. With this title Roger once again tied Nadal at 21 for the most Masters Series titles won, and this is now his 76th career title. It’s also the 7th different title that he won 5 times or more. The head-to-head with Djokovic is now 16-12, and if there was any doubt as to who the current hard court king is, it is now settled. That being said, Djokovic did win the Australian Open and Roger needs to do better than him in the US Open to hold on to that title. But as far as being the #1 player in the world goes, I think Roger holds onto it even if he doesn’t play the US Open.
These are things I read on forums and I don’t have the time to confirm it myself, so I stand corrected. But it all comes down to the US Open now. If Djokovic wins it he will still be looked at by many as the best player in the world. But having seen what transpired at Cincy, I doubt that is happening. Djokovic was always going to be dangerous at the North American hard court season, but Roger showed in no uncertain terms who is the man to beat by winning Cincy. He goes into the US Open as the outright favorite for the title now. And you bet he wants revenge after what happened in the last two US Opens.
Losing twice in the semis to Djokovic after having match points is not something he will be proud of, and a Djokerer final would be the perfect stage for him to set the record straight. Since Nadal is not playing, I guess who gets Murray in their half of the draw is the next question. I don’t know what the situation is with Del Potro’s injury. Nothing is ever certain with him it seems. Therefor it’s probably better if Murray is in Djokovic’s half. But as I said before, I don’t expect much from Murray at the US Open. I see Wilander and Ivanisevic has already made him their favorite for the title. Funny stuff. I guess they never learn.
I wouldn’t mind if Murray faces Roger at the US Open anyway. Some revenge for the Olympics would be in order. Well guys, it seems 2012 is just getting better and better. If Roger wins a 6th US Open title the fairytale run of 2012 will be complete. Then he will be firmly back as the best player in the world, at age 31! Some people speculate that Roger will lose motivation at some point after everything he has achieved, which surprises me. It’s never about what others have achieved. It is about your own potential and fulfilling that. And who knows what else this GOAT can achieve, with the unlimited potential that he possesses…