Congrats GOAT, I knew you would do it! This is for all you Fedfans who have suffered some disappointing losses this year with Roger! On days like these it’s all worth while. Roger finally bagged that elusive Paris title today and that at age 30. In doing so, he passes Andre Agassi in the amount of Masters Series titles won and is now on 18 titles, one behind Nadal. He also passed Agassi in most hard courts titles won in the open era with 47, thereby ensuring that he is the most successful hard court player in history. Click here for the list. Having won 9 slams on a hard court, he was already a more successful hard court player than Agassi though, who won 6 hard court slams. But having won the most hard court titles is a nice record to have anyway. I think it has been clear for a while now that Roger is the best hard court player in history.
Then there is two other records that he now shares with Agassi, which is that he is the only player that has won 7 of the 9 Masters Series events and the only other player who has won both the tournaments in Paris(French Open and Bercy). Another impressive record that he has now, which may not last, is that he goes up to number one in the career win/loss percentage, which is 0.827, ahead of Lendl at 0.826 and Connors at 0.825. Is there anything he hasn’t achieved yet?! As for today’s match, Roger did not play as well as he did against Berdych, but as I expected he got the job done. It was evident from the start that it wouldn’t be as clean a performance, as he went down two break points in the first game of the match. His level was still very high though as he broke Tsonga twice to breadstick him in the first set.
Poetry in motion
The second set was much more competitive. At 3-4, Roger faced a break point on his serve and was in danger of dropping the second set. Tsonga hit a down-the-line forehand that looked to be a winner, but the replay showed it was long. Roger continued to hold serve and in the next game had a break point of his own, but Tsonga saved it with good play. It would come down to a tie-break. My twitter timeline was exploding with tweets from nervous Fedfans, but I was pretty sure Roger had this one in the bag. Roger then raced to a 6-1 lead in the breaker, after which Tsonga held both serves. Roger would have two serves to seal the deal, and got it done on the first. He raised his arms triumphantly as a forehand of Tsonga sailed long. It was another very welcome title after a pretty unsuccessful year in terms of titles won. Roger now stand on 69 career titles and 802 match wins.
This is also now the highlight of Roger’s year so far, other than that epic win over Djokovic in the French Open semis. I thought from the start this is a big chance for Roger to finally win in Bercy and it was great to see him respond the way he did. Incidentally, Roger has now won 28 of his last 29 indoor matches and has won his last 16. If only the whole tour was indoors Roger would be much more successful at this point and the tennis would be easier on the eye. Isn’t it such a welcome relief to have players playing attacking, all court tennis instead of all the base line grinding of Nadal and Djokovic? Today wasn’t quite the exhibition of yesterday, but still fun to watch. After winning this title, Roger must go into London as the firm favorite now. Djokovic messed up his chances by playing Paris, Nadal has been out for some time and is an average indoor player anyway, and Murray failed in Paris.
How nice to see Roger with a trophy he has never held before!
Roger has a week off for some much-needed rest now and will come into London with all guns blazing. I expect something like last year in London. Roger’s preparation has arguably been even better this year. He could well end this year with three straight titles and make this another wondeRFul year. We know he did not win a slam this year, but it’s not like he did badly in the slams, and another Masters Cup title would help a lot to lessen our disappointment. It would also set Roger up nicely for another title run at the Australian Open next year. Concerning the Masters Cup groups, there have been groups posted on the website, but these are not the real groups. The real draw will be done on Tuesday. Either Djokovic or Nadal will be in Roger’s group. Personally I would like Nadal to be in his group so he can get another win over him for the head-to-head.
Ideally he wants to get a win over both Djokovic and Nadal while things are going in his favor. Roger has played Nadal so many times on clay that it would only be justice if he gets to play Nadal indoors again. With the win in Paris, Roger is still at number three in the rankings. I think for some reason the points for last year’s Masters Cup comes off this week, or else he might have been number three now. Anyway, I think if he wins the Masters Cup he may still end the year ranked number three.
Enjoy this win!!!
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NO SLEEP, NO PROBLEM FOR ROGER: http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2011/11/45/Paris-Final-Federer-Early-Wake-Up-Call.aspx