Above you can find the Stockholm draw. It looks like Roger’s path to the title will be something like Dent, Wawrinka, Ljubicic, and Soderling. Dent shouldn’t be a problem, but Wawrinka could potentially be his toughest match of the tournament. Wawrinka has changed coaches of late, now working with Roger’s old coach Peter Lundgren, and they have already had some pretty good results. But either way I’d really like Roger to win this event, just to show that the Shanghai form was the start of something better and to add another title to 2010. Two titles so far really isn’t much and he really has a great opportunity to win this one. Then he can take a week off and come back confident for Basel and Paris. Ever since Roger’s loss to Murray in Shanghai I have heard a lot of criticism and negativity.
For some reason people just loves to write off an all time great, just because has been going through a rough patch and is struggling to string wins together. It just goes to show how much is expected of Roger. He is still expected to win every match he plays even though he is over his prime. And I’m not going to deny that I want him to win every match he plays. It is something we have gotten used to and it is a great feeling when he dominates the opposition. But we also have to be reasonable and take things in context. I was the first person who expected Roger would make short work of Murray, but it didn’t work out that way. But regardless of that I think it’s important to recognize what Roger achieved last week. He played a great match against Isner, totally obliterated the fifth best player in the world, and made short work of the world number two and so called hottest player on tour.
In the process he also got back to number two in the world. I’d say that’s a pretty darn good week. Who cares that he lost to Murray? Murray couldn’t even get past the third round of the US Open. The guy isn’t a threat in slams. Not until he proves he can win one anyway. He specializes in Masters Series events, while for Roger it’s mostly about the slams. Murray plays a negative pushing game that gets him nowhere when Roger is playing his best. If Roger played the way he did against Djokovic in the Shanghai final, there is no doubt he would have made short work of Murray. The important thing was that he beat Djokovic, who has beaten him recently in a slam. If we are true Fedfans, we must take Shanghai as a positive.
We want Roger to be completely dominant, but first of all that has become harder with age. Second, we must give him more time to get back his confidence after his recent slump. Rome wasn’t built in a day as they say. It took Roger a long time to finally get over his mono slump, and this slump that began with lung infection will also take a while. The way I know Roger, he will take last week as a positive moving forward, and so should we. He has already had consistent results since starting to work with Annacone. Now we just have to get behind him and believe that things will continue to get better. It’s easy to believe that Roger’s loss to Murray was a sign that he just can’t string enough wins together anymore, but where does that get us? I think a true Fedfan will always remain optimistic, even in the face of criticism and negativity from everyone else.
I also think Roger picks up from his fans what they are feeling and it must have an influence on him. You just can’t write him off. For all we know he may dominate the Masters Cup and the Australian Open. And even if he doesn’t, I still believe he has at least two more slams left in him. So lets get behind Roger and send him our positive energy.