Roger Federer "The Champ" Is Back
Things returned to normal as Roger Federer won yet another Grand Slam title this Sunday to start the year 2010 on a high note. He defeated Andy Murray in straight sets to claim the title. It was yet another defeat for the Brit against Roger and he was greatly disappointed with the result.
For Federer though, this victory would be sweet, and he extended his grand slam record to 16 wins. It’s amazing that people say that Federer's career is on the decline, when he has won 3 slams in the past year. If this is called a decline, then most current players would want to be on one too!
In the last couple of years, Federer had seemed to have lost the aura of invincibility. When he was left crying after his loss to Nadal in the 2009 Australian Open lots of experts were quick to jump on the “Federer has lost it” bandwagon. Though Federer seemed to have been struggling with his game, the fighter in him came to the fore and his 'never say die' attitude enabled him to climb back within the year.
The elusive French Open title, followed by his 6th Wimbledon last year made the year unforgettable for the champion. During the course of which, Roger upstaged another great champion, Pete Sampras, when he overtook the latter’s tally of 14 titles during his Wimbledon victory. Unfortunately, the brilliant year ended with a disappointing loss in the US Open to Del Potro in an epic five setter.
In spite of that heart breaking loss, I would say that Federer achieved his dream by winning the French Open which had remained elusive to Pete throughout his career. 2010 though, seems to have begun in the right earnest for Roger. He seems to have gotten back his form and confidence, as he was largely untroubled on his way to the title.
It would seem good times are back for Federer’s fans and I hope that he goes on to win more titles this year and continues to scale more peaks.