Dexter Rogers

Dexter Rogers

Monday, August 31, 2009

Federer poised to defend title at US Open

Tennis fans were hoping for another Roger Federer versus Rafael Nadal final at the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters in Mason, Ohio last week. Just like at the French Open Federer kept up his end of the bargain by reaching the final. Nadal didn’t make it because Novak Djokovic got into the way by beating him in the semis.

Federer looked razor sharp against Djokovic during the entire match, particularly in the first set. After a thirteen minute second game Federer finally broke Djokovic in running away with the first set 6-1.

Second set was highly contested before Djokovic succumbed to the Federer arsenal. He displayed an array of penetrating ground strokes and crisp volleys in capturing the second set and the championship 7-5.

Last year at this time Federer was struggling and was ranked No. 2 behind his arch rival Nadal. He had no grand slam victories to his credit and was struggling to regain his dominant form. Somehow at last years US Open Federer summoned past glory to best a weary Andy Murray in the final to capture his 13th grand slam title.

A year later he has two grand slams in his pocket. He finally won the French Open and beat Andy Roddick in a sensational final at Wimbledon. Federer is now married with twins and once again playing at the top of his game. He now enters the US Open as the No. 1 seed and feeling good about going back to the “big city of dreams” to defend his crown.

When I recently asked Federer about his fans and his current confidence level compared to last year he responded, “The fans for me really turned it around, and that’s why this year I’m so excited going back there. I’ve had even better results, so I hope I can again show them what I can do on a tennis court.”

If Federer rides his momentum into the US Open and hoists the trophy for a sixth consecutive time and wins the 2010 Australian Open he’ll have all the grand slam trophies on his mantel. The way Federer is playing the “Fed-Slam” is quite possible.

Based on the summer Federer has put together many have anointed him as the greatest tennis player of all time. When asked if he thinks he’s the greatest Federer stated, “It’s hard to compare eras, and that’s why we don’t know who it is.”

Being in the now many often fail victim to the present and forget about the games greats like Laver, Borg, Connors, Agassi and Sampras. Federer is still playing. Let’s see where he ends up after he hit’s his last ball. Let’s see if someone other than Rafa can wrestle grand slams away from Federer. Let’s see if he stays healthy for the next few years then let’s reconvene.

In any event, Federer is poised to win his sixth consecutive US Open title. Whether he’s the greatest of all time remains to be seen, but one thing is certain he’s surely one of the greatest.

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