Hey folks, miss me? I missed you, and tennis of course! I wish you all a happy, prosperous, and healthy new year and that you spent some quality time with your loved ones over Christmas. As for myself I am still having health problems but at least I have finally figured out that it is the dust in my apartment here in Thailand that gives me a dust allergy. So if anyone knows of a place where there is work that is more conducive to health do let me know. But this is not about me this is about Roger’s new 2015 season which should be another very exciting one! Of course he kicks off his 2015 season this coming week in Brisbane where he lost in the final last year to Hewitt. That was a disappointing loss and hopefully he can go one better this year and claim the title. If he does that he will be on 1000 career wins which would be another huge milestone for the GOAT and the ideal way to win his first Brisbane title.
But lets not get too excited too fast. There are many potentially difficult opponents to negate before he can lift the trophy and claim his 83rd career singles title. As a top four seed Roger has a bye in the first round and in the second round he will play the winner of a qualifier and local player Millman, who I don’t know much about. Then Roger could play Simon again who is always a tricky opponent for him. In the semis it looks like there is a good chance of him facing Dimitrov who will be another very tricky opponent. And finally in the final he could face Nishikori who would be the most tricky opponent of them all. So it’s not exactly what you would call an easy draw for an ATP 250 event, but of course that is just his predicted draw and he may not face any of the players I mentioned. Judging from the end of last season you’d like Roger’s chances to win the title here.
He said himself that he is “unbelievably pumped up for this week” which is good to hear at the beginning of 2015. Obviously he wants to get the best start possible to the season and also the best possible preparation for the Australian Open by winning the title. Well it is the beginning of a new season and you are never quite sure what to expect but like I said judging from last year, 2015 could be another big year for the Maestro. With Nadal back I am always a bit hesitant but I have also said that Roger is now better prepared mentally for Nadal. So I am very much looking forward to see what the 2015 season has in store for us. And as usual I am not just referring to Roger but to tennis as a whole. There are many things to look forward to as far as the big four goes alone. As far as Nadal goes he has already kicked off his 2015 season all be it at an exho in Abu Dhabi.
Look who’s back!
There he got bagaled 6-2, 6-0 by Murray in his first match which is always nice to see, but then he beat Stan 7-6(1), 6-3 in the play off for third and fourth place. It is just an exho but I watched the match against Murray and he was giving 100% knowing that it was his first match back after another long layoff, and that he needed to find form fast for Melbourne. He looked rusty as expected but Murray played very well and can be a factor himself in Melbourne. It was nice to see Murray bageling Nadal right after Roger bageled Murray 6-0, 6-1 in London. In the other semi Djokovic schooled Stan 6-1, 6-2 looking mighty impressive himself. He may be the favorite to reclaim his Australian Open title this year but Roger has a great chance too. Abu Dhabi was just an exho but if it is anything to go by Stan won’t defend his title in Melbourne. I just hope he isn’t back to his poor form after playing so well in London and Lille at the end of last year.
As for Nadal I don’t think he is a favorite in Melbourne but with him you also never know. I have made a decision to stop writing him off because he has proved me wrong so many times in the past. In fact I have him winning two slams this year. I don’t think he will just come back and win the Australian Open, but he will surely win the French again and then probably the US Open too. As far as Roger goes I think his best chances will be at the Australian Open and Wimbledon again to win a slam. Hopefully he can take advantage of the fact that Nadal is not back to his best yet, as well as the inspiration from winning the Davis Cup and go on to win #18 in Melbourne. I would love to see another Djokerer final there. They have never played in the final there and I can imagine that it would be another epic encounter. But first things first. Go win that first title in Brisbane and claim your 1000th match win GOAT!