Above is a very nice article that I quickly wanted to share with you. Sampras says he sees no decline in Roger which is quite a big statement for someone who is 30 years old. It goes to show that there is truth to the statement that age is just a number, and that if you handle things the right way you can avoid decline for a long time. I remember the slump Sampras went though at the end of his career. He really struggled to win matches and it was clear that he was burned out. So he retired as soon as he won the US Open. He knew there was nothing left in the tank so he went out on a high. When I think of Roger I think of someone who is limitless. I see the period he went through from 2008 to 2011(or 2010-2011?) as a similar phase Sampras went through, but with Roger it wasn’t actually burnout.
It was a type of burnout but not as severe as Sampras’. I see it more as a rest period almost. He had suffered some bad losses to Nadal and that did have an effect on him. I have also referred to Roger’s ‘burnout’ period as Roger 2.0. But since the US Open last year we have seen Roger 3.0. This is the Roger Sampras talks about when he says he sees no decline in Roger. Roger 3.0 is very similar to prime Roger, which in itself is incredible. And I fully agree with Sampras that the competition caught up. Nadal and now Djokovic have improved over the years. You just can’t stay ahead of the curb forever. But they haven’t surpassed him. The top three is currently almost at exactly the same level. There is no telling what the rankings will say in six months.
The point is Roger is still right there at the top and have as good a chance as the other two to win a slam or become world number one. The chances are very slim for him to win the French Open as Sampras says too, but at Wimbledon and the US Open he has a great shot. The fact that Nadal will most likely win the French Open now means he will probably be a huge threat at Wimbledon too. It also doesn’t help that the grass at Wimbledon have slowed down so much. But it sure would be awesome if Roger can win his 17th slam at the All England Club where it all started for him, thereby equaling Sampras’ seven Wimbledon titles. If he does that then you’d think he won’t be far away from the number one ranking, given that he lost in the quarters there last year.
But it’s hard to tell what will happen after the French Open, given that Djokovic isn’t quite the player he was last year, Roger moved it up a notch, and Nadal will probably be very confident after winning a 7th French Open. But either way you would think Roger has a great chance to win a slam this year. And who knows how much longer he can still keep up this level. I don’t see why his level will drop any time soon. Go ahead and read the whole article. There is some good stuff about Annacone there as well. I’ll be gone for the next couple of days. I’ll see you Fridays or whenever the French Open draw comes out!