2006 U.S. Open Reflections THE MEN Federer Does it Again
The world No. 1 was magnificent in establishing himself as the first man ever to sweep the Wimbledon and U.S. Open singles titles three years in a row. In the entire tournament, he conceded only two sets— one to James Blake of the U.S. in the quarterfinals, the other to the American Andy Roddick in the final— in seven matches. The triumph was his ninth in the last 14 major events, a tribute to his unwavering domination of the game, an affirmation of his ability to produce his finest tennis under pressure. In the ten Grand Slam tournament finals he has contested across the past four seasons, the Swiss maestro has suffered only a single defeat— against Rafael Nadal on clay at the French Open in June of 2006. That is a remarkable record, and the 25-year-old Federer surely has some golden years ahead of him.
It’s just wonderful to be alive at the moment to see Roger Federer at his absolute peak.
I’ve been watching tennis seriously since the mid 1970s, and nobody, but nobody compares.
He’s also living proof that nice guys do not always finish last…
Roger is too confident at the moment to be beaten. Plus with Nadal in a slump on the hard courts, Federer will probably go into the Australian still brimming with confidence.
Besides Nadal on the clay, I think his competition will come from some of the up and comers like Murray, Gasquet, Djokovick, Berdych. But these guys have to get fitter,play the big points better and close out opportunities when they have the chance.
Federer is not simply an extraordinary athelete, he’s an artist with an unmatched natural ability to ‘invent’ shots that leave his opponents and audiences applauding in amazement. He’s a Monet in a sea full of Rolf Harris’ and an absolute gentleman too. It’s a joy to watch him. Long may he stay healthy.