Posts Tagged ‘Roger Federer’

Happy Holidays. As a point of reference here are the final 2010 year-end tennis rankings in both the ATP men and WTA women.

The standings for the men is the fourth straight year that the top four are the same. Wozniacki for the women is the first year-end No. 1 to have never reached a Slam final during the season. Two amazing stats.
Merry X-Mas!

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I didn’t think Roger Federer could make such a rousing return to the ATP tennis circuit but he sure has done so this week. Today he handily beat up on Novak Djokovic 7-5, 6-4 and in the final he’ll take on Andy Murray, a straight set victor over Juan Monaco.

Federer’s played brilliantly all week in this his first tournament since that US Open semifinal loss to Novak, got revenge on the Serb today.

Again Murray, though, he’s done 5-7 in the rivalry and Murray beat him in Toronto 5 and 5.

It should be a great final and I’m glad to see Roger back and in form so quickly!

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When will Roger Federer get a real win over Rafael Nadal?
Federer beat Nadal a year ago on clay right in Madrid. But most would say Nadal would wiped out from a 4-hour victory the day before.

Federer also beat Nadal on clay in Hamburg a few years ago. But again, Nadal was exhausted from all the tournaments he played and he had that precious 81-match win streak hanging over his head.

So Federer again lost to Nadal in Madrid when Rafa was feeling good. The match wasn’t the best the two have played, far from it, but it was entertaining to see the two legends mix it up again.

Looking at the French, Nadal’s win makes his the runaway favorite to win his fifth Roland Garros title. Federer’s back but he could revert to his poor play at any moment and get bounced.

The results do shape up for a good French Open. I just wish players like Juan Martin Del Potro, Nikolay Davydenko and David Nalbandian were playing. Too bad.

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I forget to mention. Amid off the post-Australian Open hubbub, Serb Novak Djokovic leaped to a new career-high ranking of No. 2 in the world.

Djokovic last a tough match in the quarterfinals to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, but he did play well for much of the Australian Open until that fateful showdown with the Frenchman. I just hope Novak and his team can take care of whatever ailments he had as No. 1 is now within reach.

Roger Federer was the big winner beating Andy Murray. Poor Rafael Nadal who had to retire in the quarterfinals to the Scot with another case of bad knees. Like Novak, I hope that the Spaniard can get his health right once and for all.

Congrats also to Serena Williams for her win over Justine Henin. Serena’s looking really fit and good this year. I wonder if Justine will beat her!

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Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal appear to be on a much-anticipated early-season collision course in Doha this week as players begin their Australian Open preperation.

The two titans of tennis have rolled through the first two rounds of an otherwise top-heavy Doha draw. But things should get more interesting in the latter rounds as Federer now faces Ernests Gulbis and then maybe Nikolay Davydenko.

Nadal should have easier time with Steve Darcis tomorrow. But all eyes will be on a potential showdown come Saturday. What a match that would be to begin the new season.

In Brisbane, Andy Roddick is still alive but the real story is the return of one Justin Henin. The 27-year-old Henin has enjoyed two straight sets wins in her comeback – one over Top 10 Nadia Petrova – and all bets are she’ll meet her Belgian countrywoman Kim Clijsters in the finale. At least that’s what I think.

So right off the bat we may very have a couple compelling finales to begin this new decade!

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Can you believe, the 2010 pro tennis season is starting in just about a week. The year kicks off with events in Abu Dhabi – an exo! – plus the Hopman Cup, Brisbane, Doha and I’m sure I left another out.

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will play in Abu Dhabi. I know Andy Roddick, Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters are signed up for Brisbane, so that should be quite the event.

As for the off season, I guess not much of one if you are a top tennis player. Unlike his peers, Roddick actually had a few months off. I know he banged up his left knee in Shanghai, but consider the guy’s season ended in mid-October so he should be fresh for the upcoming New Year.

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We know that Roger Federer and Tiger Woods have had somewhat of a friendship, so I wonder if the two have spoken at all in recent months.

And I wonder if Federer knew anything of Tiger’s promiscuity. After all the they did hang out at the US Open, appear at functions together and the do text each other.

It’s a long shot but as we have seen from the celebrities these days you never know.

Also, now that Tiger’s fallen so hard, is Roger still in contact with him or has he (at the behest of Mirka maybe!) ceased all communication with the golf star.

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