Hi guys. Long time. I don’t know if you saw my comment. I was transferred to another department at my job and I had to adapt once more. I had just started gaining momentum with my blogging again and then this happened. It’s unfortunate for my blogging but the job is more laid back now so it may allow me to blog more in the long run. My last post was before Basel started, so I have quite a bit to catch up on. And by the way I appreciate that you kept commentating even though I couldn’t make any posts. Of course Roger ended up losing 6-4, 6-7(5), 7-6(3) in the Basel final to Del Potro. Roger had a tough match against Bellucci early on and I had my doubts whether he could win the event.
He was still looking burned out to me like he did in Shanghai. He started looking better in the following rounds which gave me hope, but in the final Del Potro finally got another win over Roger. Roger didn’t play badly in the final, but I don’t think he was at his best either. I think he just lacked an edge due to being slightly tired still. Roger’s loss meant that Djokovic is now #1 in the rankings. Roger was never going to end the year ranked #1 after losing in the semis of Shanghai. But actually what cost him the #1 year-end ranking was the quarter-final loss to Berdych at the US Open. We can take it even further back.
It comes down to the Olympic Games. The Olympic Games is really what caused Roger to be tired during his favorite indoor season. It is only played once every four years and just makes the schedule that much more demanding. It was an emotional week for Roger in London and that match against Del Potro in the semis was especially tough. That is what made Roger fade out a little towards the end of a terrific year, but obviously the Olympics was important for him. I think Roger improved from Shanghai to Basel anyway. He ran into a dangerous opponent in the final and it was inevitable almost that Delpo would finally get another win over Roger.
Roger consequently withdrew from Paris, which was obviously the right decision. There was just no way with the amount of tennis he played this year that he could have played three weeks in a row. The other top players who played Paris looked tired too. Murray, Del Potro, and Djokovic all lost before the quarter finals while Berdych and Tsonga lost before the semi-finals. The highest seed left at the semi-final stage was that consistent fighter David Ferrer. He also went on to win his first Masters Series title, beating a young qualifier called Janowicz in the final. It was old versus young and old triumphed 6-4, 6-3.
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I was happy for Ferrer. He has been very consistent but never won a Masters Series title or made a slam final. Yesterday the Masters Cup started, the grand finale of the ATP calendar. Roger ended up being in group B with Ferrer, Delpo, and Tipsarevic. Given that Ferrer and Del Potro has been in a rich vein of form of late the groups are very even, with Djokovic, Murray, Berdych, and Tsonga in group A. Yesterday Murray beat Berdych while Djokovic defeated Tsonga, so Djokovic and Murray are still on course for the semis as expected. Group B is a little more uncertain. Today Roger destroyed Tipsarevic 6-3, 6-1.
He looked very good judging from the highlights. I can’t find the match stats, but the score says enough. It was a clinical performance and gives me hope for his title chances. It was just what was needed after that final disappointment in Basel. He is showing the field that he means business and that he is here to win a 7th Masters Cup. And I gotta believe he has a great chance of doing that. He plays Ferrer on Thursday and I’m pretty sure he will get the job done there. Ferrer has never defeated Roger in 13 meetings. He is just a very nice match up for Roger. And I think Roger will get revenge over Delpo too, which will put him on top of his group.
Djokovic looks a bit out of sorts since his father has health problems and Murray choked in Paris against Janowicz, after winning the first set and serving for the match at 5-4 n the second. It doesn’t happen often that Roger does not win an indoor event in a calendar year and I like his chances in London. He has been somewhat burned out but I think he has been getting better since Shanghai, and withdrawing from Paris has also helped him to get another much needed week off. He may have lost the #1 ranking but he can still end the year on a high by winning a 7th Masters Cup title, thereby keeping in touch with Djokovic.