Roger on a Roll

18 03 2012

Something needs to be established about a certain Swiss tennis player.

Roger Federer is not done.

Even though Federer easily has had a better career than both Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, he has constantly been reminded that he is 30 years old and is slipping back to tennis mortality. There have been plenty of “Will Roger Federer win a Grand Slam again?” headlines in the media.

What Federer did at the BNP Paribas Open proved that this talk is laughable.

The 16-time Grand Slam champion took down John Isner 7-6 (7), 6-3, giving him his fourth Indian Wells Championship. He has now won 39 of his last 41 matches.

Even though this isn’t a Grand Slam tournament, Federer had to go through some tough competition to capture his 19th career ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title – a record he shares with Rafael Nadal.

In the quarterfinals, Federer faced the No. 9 ranked player in the world, Juan Martin Del Potro. It didn’t take long for Federer to take command of this match, eventually winning 6-3, 6-2.

His next match doesn’t need any sort of introduction. Federer-Nadal. One of the best rivalries to ever take place on tennis courts had yet another showdown, and this time, Federer came out victorious in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4.

Since Federer had only won three of the previous 13 match-ups with Nadal (all three of his wins were in pretty insignificant tournaments), this should be a huge boost for the No. 3 ranked player in the world.

Yes, it is true Federer failed to win a minimum of one Grand Slam tournament last year as he did in the previous eight years. His play, however, did not and is not slipping. He still hits all the right angles, placing the ball in tight spots on the edges of the court. Last year, he made it to the quarterfinals, the semifinals (twice) and the finals in the four Grand Slams. He simply came up short while still playing competitive tennis.

He now has a chance to build off this championship in some other non-Grand Slam tournaments since the French Open doesn’t start until May 27.

Federer will win another Grand Slam tournament. No doubt. With the high level of play he brings to the court every single time he pulls out his tennis racket, there will be a tournament that he strings together seven solid rounds.

Unfortunately, he has his worst tournament up next in France, where he has only won once (2009).

No matter the case, Federer will not be falling out of the tennis elite any time soon and will add a 17th Grand Slam title. Soon.

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