J. Sousa
 Bautista Agut
Well there it is folks; the 2014 US Open draw. Will this finally be Roger’s year in New York again? If you look at the draw his chances certainly look good, but people seem to forget he still needs to win seven best of five set matches and possibly beat Djokovic in the final. I would say it’s way too early to start thinking about #18. Look what happened at Wimbledon. Before the tournament every Fedfan was hopeful that it would be #18 for Roger there, until the draw came out and Nadal was in his half. Then when Nadal lost and Roger’s draw opened up every Fedfan was once again hopeful that Roger would win the title, only for their dreams to get smashed in the final by Djokovic. If we have learned anything about draws it is that it is unpredictable and the initial draw seldom means much.
Roger’s day outfit
For instance a player nobody expected could go on a hot run in the bottom half and upset Roger. Or Djokovic could kick into top form again from the quarter finals onward and be unstoppable in the final. I don’t expect those things to happen, but nothing is guaranteed. Roger’s draw is Matosevic, Groth/Ramos-Vinolas, Karlovic/Granollers, Fognini/Bautista-Agut, Dimitrov/Monfils, Ferrer/Cilic/Berdych, and Djokovic/Murray/Tsonga. It’s not gonna get any better for him at this stage. Then in the top half you have Djokovic, Murray, Tsonga, and Isner all in the same quarter. I mean are you kidding me?! This is the dream draw for Roger and if you are ever gonna believe in destiny or that the Gods favor Roger to win something then it is now. But still you got to remain grounded and remember what happened at Wimbledon.
Hitting the practice courts. I’m just loving the outfit!
I’m not speaking for myself so much as I am speaking for many Fedfans who were crushed after the Wimby loss. You all know by now that I took that loss well and that it didn’t bother me as much as other Fedfans. I felt that it was destiny for Djokovic to win Wimby and that Roger was up against the law of averages. For that reason I felt there was unfinished business and I was already excited about the North-American hard court swing. If you don’t believe me go back and read it. I just don’t want Fedfans to set themselves up for disappointment again and come here and leave very negative comments. We all want Roger to win this and we all sense there is a great opportunity for him here, but it is better to let go of any expectations. I have learned a lesson from Wimby myself, all be it maybe not as hard a lesson as for some others.
Guess who is back for the night session…
I learned to be grateful for what you have and not focus on lack. This is an extremely important lesson for life in general as well which I learned recently. So for me I am just extremely grateful that Roger won Cincy after a two year drought in Masters titles. The biggest mistake to make now would be to have already forgotten about that reward and focus all the attention on winning the US Open. Personally I am very grateful that Roger won Cincy after losing in three Masters finals and that he has had a superb year so far. I mean at age 33 and after the all time low of last year. So the US Open title would be more like a nice added bonus for me. I am not attached to the outcome. I am just looking forward to another slam and to enjoy every one of Roger’s matches. I hope you feel the same.
Roger answers some fan questions. Good stuff: