There Really Isn’t Any Doubt Anymore
Roger Federer is the greatest player to ever pick up a tennis racket. At this point, it’s only a matter of whether he’ll break Pete Sampras’s Grand Slam record next year or the year after. He vanquished his two biggest threats in this year’s U.S. Open — Andy Roddick and Novak Djokovic — in straight sets. He’s the first man in 80 years to win 4th straight U.S. Open titles. He now has 12 Grand Slams, only two behind Sampras.
I’m flush out of things to say about him at this point. He proved yet again that he keeps his head in the toughest of points, saving seven set points (5 in the first set, 2 in the second) against Djokovic. The upstart 20-year-old Serbian could have been up 2 sets to none easily, but the combination of Federer’s coolness and Djokovic youthful nervousness spelled disaster. It was painful to watch Djokovic waste so many opportunities. Nevertheless, he surely gained some fans — including myself — with his spot-on impressions, but more importantly, his impressive play. He gave Federer much more trouble than Roddick did.
With this title, Federer only builds upon a couple of his records – he now has won 3 Grand Slams (Australian Open, Wimbledon, U.S. Open) 3 out of the past 4 years, and Wimbledon and U.S. Open 4 straight times each. Nobody else has done either of those things. And if it weren’t for Rafael Nadal, he would probably have won the past 10 Grand Slams, considering he has reached 10 straight Grand Slam finals, only losing to Nadal in two of them. Pure domination. Federer > Tiger.
But Djokovic still has his impressions…