Roger and Rafa Removed

20 08 2011
Roger Federer & Rafael Nadal

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal

Tomorrow, the ATP Masters Series Western & Southern Financial Group Masters is going to wrap up, but neither Roger Federer nor Rafael Nadal are going to be playing for the title. Novak Djokovic will be facing off against Andy Murray, and with Djokovic’s 41-1 record this year, he should be favored to win. As we begin to wrap up the 2011 season, I was wondering if anyone will be able to stop the #1 ranked Djoker?

New blood is always a refreshing taste in sports, but I find it hard to believe the streaking Serbian will be dethroned any time soon. Just look at the past 6 years of Grand Slam champions:

Australian Open French Open Wimbledon U.S. Open
2006 Roger Federer Rafael Nadal Roger Federer Roger Federer
2007 Roger Federer Rafael Nadal Roger Federer Roger Federer
2008 Novak Djokovic Rafael Nadal Rafael Nadal Roger Federer
2009 Rafael Nadal Roger Federer Roger Federer Juan Martin Del Potro
2010 Roger Federer Rafael Nadal Rafael Nadal Rafael Nadal
2011 Novak Djokovic Rafael Nadal Novak Djokovic N/A

Other than Del Potro in 2009, the past 22 Grand Slam tournaments have been won by the big 3 (Federer, Nadal, Djokovic); that’s a staggering statistic. Now, while two of these players are off their games, you can bank on the third one to dominate, unless someone else decides to step up. However, when you scan the field, there are very few players that seem to have this ability right now. Since Murray has never won a Grand Slam tournament and Roddick won his only one title a long time ago (2003), there’s very few I see that have the potential to challenge Djokovic. Others like Soderling and Berdych have shown promise but have never really been a real threat. If I had to pick someone, I might go with American Mardy Fish, who just defeated Nadal and might be able to give Djokovic a run for his money. Still, if Federer and Nadal don’t snap out of their funks and Djokovic sustains this level of play, I can envision Djokovic winning a lot more than 3 Grand Slams.

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9 09 2011
The Fab Four « jay's jems

[…] men have completely dominated the tennis world the past half-decade, and the U.S. Open gives no sign this trend will be letting […]

1 09 2011
Nick

Great article

22 08 2011
Anonymous

I appreciate the tennis topic. Keep it up!

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