Hey guys. Just a quick post about something I thought was interesting. I hope you are still enjoying Roger’s title in Shanghai and caught up on the highlights if you missed the matches. Since Roger won Shanghai all of a sudden there is the very real possibility that he could claim the year end #1. I didn’t think he would win Shanghai which is why I wanted him to play Basel and skip Paris to rest up for the Davis Cup. But winning Shanghai means he can claim the a record 6th year end #1 if he plays Paris. So now I definitely want him to play Paris if he feels his body can handle it. And if I read correctly between the lines from Roger’s interviews in the press I think he will play Paris. For me the year end #1 is now more important than Davis Cup. Davis Cup is a team competition and doesn’t mean much for the individual resume. You cannot win the Davis Cup on your own.
I talked about slowing things down in my last post…
You need the help of your team mates. Roger could for instance win both his singles matches in the final, and if Stan loses both of his(which is not out of the question given his inconsistency this year) then the Swiss will probably lose the tie. So I would like to see Roger play Paris even if it could mean he may be tired for Davis Cup. I don’t think that will be the case since there are enough rest days in between, but still Roger has played a lot of tennis of late. He made the final in Toronto, Cincy, semis in New York, and now the final in Shanghai. If he makes the final in Basel, Paris, and London too, which could very well happen, then maybe he can be tired for Davis Cup. But I think it is worth the stretch anyway. I think Davis Cup is important for Roger. More than the critics wants us to believe anyway. So I don’t think he will take any risks with his schedule if he feels he could be tired.
…and the result was a second consecutive Masters title.
But I think he is feeling very good about his game right now and may just feel like he can do the Basel/Paris/London triple again. For me personally the year end #1 is more important than the Davis Cup title, but that is just me. Ideally I obviously want him to win the Masters Cup, get the year end #1, and win the Davis Cup. In order of importance for me it would be the year end #1(just because it would tie Sampras’ record and at age 33), the Masters Cup, and Davis Cup. So as far as I’m concerned he should take advantage of this rich vein of form and play Basel, Paris, London, and Davis Cup. He has the whole week now to rest at home before Basel, doesn’t have to travel anywhere for Basel, and then he can take a quick flight to Paris. Then there is another week of rest before London. And again four days rest before Davis Cup. I say he should go for it all!
How about you?