I’ve come to the conclusion that is now physically impossible for a male tennis player to win all four of the grand slam events in the same calendar year….This is due to not only the tennis calendar and the demands of each surface but also the depth of competition in men’s tennis.
This is now the only remaining accomplishment that has so far eluded Roger Federer but he has been in all four finals in one year winning three out of four twice….The only obstacle in his path was Rafael Nadal.
Now, there are those that say Federer’s two recent victories in the French Open and Wimbledon were only possible because of Nadal’s absence.
My response to that is fitness is part of the game of tennis….Federer’s amazing, peerless sustained excellence drove Nadal to be even better and in doing so, considering the extremely physical demanding type of tennis Nadal plays, has caused him to overdo it and damage his body.
To me, this is as much a part of competition as the lengthy fifth set we saw in Sunday’s Wimbledon final….Yes, Nadal has a winning record against Federer but Federer by remaining injury free while playing at top form and reclaiming the #1 ranking has won, at the moment, the battle for tennis posterity between them.
I would also like to say that I wrote some critical comments about Andy Roddick a month or so ago….I still stand by what I said but he really did play about as well as I’ve ever seen him play on Sunday….At the end, he simply cracked when confronted by an opponent who refused to….I’ve just run out of adjectives for Roger Federer….His resolve in breaking Pete Sampras’s record as well as the overall career he has had is something we might never see again in our lifetimes.
And oh yeah HE’S #1 AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!