No one is a bigger Roger Federer fan than I am. It was great watching the World’s best players battle all week in London, most especially having the top two players – Nadal and Federer in the ATP World Tour Finals. Roger was sublime in his 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 win over Rafa and I have to give credit to Paul Annacone in helping his pupil close out the year on a high note.
I can’t wait for the 2011 tennis season to begin. If 2011 it starts off remotely close to how 2010 ended, tennis fans around the world will be in for a treat. I hope we will get to see more Nadal-Federer battles and as Federer aims to reach 20 slam titles, I hope he manages to close the H2H gap he currently has with Nadal. Coming back to the final, there were some things that I saw from Federer that were key to his win today. Below are my top 5 things that I liked from Federer today.
- Return of Serve – Federer’s willingness to go after the ball from the first serve off his opponents racket was a good side. He was trying to take the initiative.
- First Serve Percentage – When this fell in the second set, you knew that it would go to three. Roger served very well; arguably the best that he served all year.
- Footwork – Roger was sublime here. Proves how fit he was to be able to content with Rafa who moved his shots around more than his other previous opponents (Ferrer, Soderling, Djokovic, Murray). Credit to Rafa for making it a tough match.
- Backhand – Roger hit this shot with more authority in this match. From the very first point you knew he meant business and did not resort to playing passively to allow Rafael to dictate points.
- On Court Demeanor – He looked relaxed, focused and happy to be out there. I was happy to see him and glad that he got the win.
Great tennis in London. I’ll be reliving the highlights on my PVR until the action begins in Melbourne.