The Year So Far In Review : Roger Federer
The tennis year is not yet officially over, but let’s face it, the parts that matter are. Over the next few weeks I will be taking a look at the top five in both the ATP and WTA as of 26/09/2009 and reflecting upon their results. Why so early? I will be overseas by the time the year really does come to a close and can hardly imagine my fellow travellers being amused by daily blogging. So, starting at the top. Today we review Roger Federer’s 2009.
After a 2008 that was, for Roger Federer and his fans, reasonably worrying, 2009 has come as a relief. Federer has snagged the one title people doubted he could win, and broken the magic 14 of Sampras. Federer won Roland Garros for the first time and Wimbledon for the sixth. In doing so he reclaimed the number one ranking. He reached the finals of the other two slams and lost both in five sets. One only has to compare his reaction at the start of the year when he lost in five to the Australian Open to his five set loss at the US Open to see just how happy Federer is with his year. He has gone from being overcome with sadness to being genuinely happy for his opponent.
Federer also won two 1000 events this year. He failed to win one in 2008. He claimed Madrid by beating Nadal on clay for only the second time in his career, and followed it up at Cincinnati by beating both Murray and Djokovic. He currently is out of the next 1000 tournament, Shanghai, officially due to injury, but I think we get the feeling he is simply taking a rest and spending time with his family. No matter what happens from here until the end of 2009, this has been a very good year for Roger Federer.
Overall verdict: Outstanding