1. It’s a fluke.
2. It happens to everyone – Nadal has many people who keep on beating him: Blake, Youzhny and Berdych. It doesn’t stop him from winning tournaments. And I still think this Canas thing is a fluke.
3. Lest we all think Roger’s slipping, let’s just remember that he’s won a Grand Slam already this year. Don’t you think Canas, Nadal, and whoever wins down in Florida (Nadal) wouldn’t happily trade in their trophies for the one that Roger’s got?
4. It’s a good kick in the pants for Mr. Prada. Gives him a reason to stop bumming around with Tiger (boring!) and get focused on his game.
5. On a related note, Roger’s mini-slump will force sportswriters to write about something else besides lame Tiger-Roger comparisons and photo ops. I think this may be the single most positive thing about Roger’s loss, at least for me.
6. One of the most exciting things about last season was seeing Roger fall and then rise again in the big occassions. So the stage is already set for this year – although I was hoping for a continuation of the Nadal-Fed rivalry in the Miami final, not this Canas crap. Maybe Canas will get busted again and go away for another 15 months. Sour grapes? Who me?
7. It’s really tough for me, the devoted Roger fan, to enjoy the suspense of Roger not always WINNING, but I’ll do my best to pretend it’s a good thing.
I’m not worried, I swear. Not even thinking about Nadal sweeping these two hardcourt events, the clay court season, the French Open and then stealing the Number One spot. Nope, not worried about it at all. (Nervous giggle.)
The one truly awful thing about these early losses is that we don’t get to watch Roger play tennis this weekend. What a waste of TIVO.