Monday, March 5, 2012

Tennis Update: Federer Keeps Winning

It's been a little over a month since I talked about anything tennis related, which is usually par for the course since things start to quiet down right after the Australian Open. We're just a few days away from the next couple of big tournaments, Indian Wells and Miami, but of course other tournaments have been won and lost in the interim. A few players who have done well this stretch include the unbeaten Victoria Azarenka, David Ferrer, Juan Martin Del Potro, and Agnieszka Radwanska. And then of course there's Roger Federer.

Winning the big tournaments aka the Grand Slams will get progressively difficult for the 16-time champion, but Federer these past few months since his lost at the US Open to Novak Djokovic has shown that anyone counting him out would be very foolish. Consider that after that game against Djokovic, where he was a point away from winning, Federer seemingly brushed it all off and went on a 17-0 undefeated run winning three titles, including the year-end championships. This year he lost in the semifinals of the Australian Open to Rafael Nadal and suffered a shock first round loss in Davis Cup to American John Isner, but has since won 10 straight matches grabbing two titles in Rotterdam and Dubai defeating top players Del Potro and Andy Murray in the finals. In other words, since turning 30 (August 8th, 2011), Federer has notched an impressive 41-5 match record winning his last 5 finals! Out of the top four, Federer has acquired more ranking points since the US Open.

In his latest match in Dubai, he claimed his 72nd title overall and 2nd of the year on his 102nd career final. It was also his 50th hard court title, a record. He also equaled Pete Sampras' record of 12 ATP 500 tournament titles. Finally, with this win, he has officially won at least two ATP titles for 11 years in a row. What all of this means to those bigger tournaments against Djokovic and/or Nadal, is a whole other set of questions. But it's clear that Federer is not done playing. In fact he is in New York City RIGHT NOW playing an exhibition match with Andy Roddick along with Maria Sharapova and Caroline Wozniacki.

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