Congrats GOAT! Really happy Roger won this title. He was always going to be the favorite to win this, which adds extra pressure. Roger is now tied with Sampras on 64 career titles and 4th on the all time list. As long as he passes Sampras I’m happy. Passing Mcenroe, Lendl, and Connors is not important since Roger is so much better than any of those players anyway. Roger may even pass Sampras before the end of the year. You would think there is a good chance with Basel, Paris, and London coming up. I don’t know which of the other top players will be at Basel, but Roger will have an excellent chance of reclaiming his title there nonetheless. Hopefully Djokovic will be there in the final again so Roger can take revenge for last year. Since Wimbledon Roger’s results looks like this: final, win, semi-final, final, win.
That is a 22-3 win/loss record. Not bad at all since he started working with Annacone. When the US hard court season started I would have taken the results up until now any day. The Stockholm title may have been a small one, but it is another step for Roger towards getting back to where he was at the Australian Open this year. He now has a week off after which he will be a big favorite to win Basel. It would also be great if he can make a deep run in Paris and the Masters Cup. As far as the match today goes, it was a pretty good one. As per custom Roger dropped serve in the opening set when missing two regulation forehands at 3-3. At least he broke right back and broke Mayer again in the 10th game with some very nice chip-and-charge play, something I’m sure him and Annacone has worked on.
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In the opening game of the second set he held serve to win a 4th consecutive game. Those four games were pretty much the key to the match. He broke serve again in the 6th game of the second set, and held on for a for a famous win. Mayer played an unorthodox style which reminded me a lot of Fabrice Santoro. He changed the pace and spins up a lot and hit several drop shots and volleys. It made for good viewing because we all know Roger can play that game too. He responded with some brilliant drop shots and touches of his own. In the end Roger was always going to have too much game for Mayer, who has no substantial weapons of his own aside from his court craft. This takes Roger to three title for 2010 now, and one would think that he will add at the very least one more title. But I hope he can add two more, which would give him five titles for the season and a very strong finish to the year. Who knows, he may even win three more titles.
“Early on, I think that feeling of wanting to prove yourself to the world and all the doubters is a very strong one, so you’re very aggressive in your ways of winning and not enjoying them,” Federer said. “Today it’s much more of the enjoyment part because I don’t need to prove myself to anyone anymore, except to myself.”