YAY, Roger! What a perfect way to end your season. You still have a long ways to go, old man – mountains to scale, valleys to slog through, miles to go before you put your career to sleep. And we’ll be with you, every split step along the way!
Roger Federer beat Rafael Nadal 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 in Sunday’s final in London, winning the ATP World Tour Finals for the 5th time in his career. It was a fairly fantastic match, with both guys enjoying moments of brilliance, occasionally at the same time. Roger showed some new strategic moves – really ripping the returns and showing no fear at the net. But in the end, it was his serve and some solid, shank-free ground strokes that ensured the victory. Huzzah, Annacone! (Or Annaluthka, if you want to go with the co-coaching angle.)
What a chocolaty sweet week this was for Fed: decimating Andy Murray in the round robin, mesmerizing Novak Djokovic in a straight-sets semi and out-playing world number one Rafael Nadal in a three-set final. Rivals, what rivals?
Roger’s been struggling with his confidence for much of the season, and this is just what he needed to put some of those painful match-point-up losses behind and give him momentum into Melbourne. I think everyone but die-hard Rafaholics will consider this an ideal way to end the season. It adds intrigue going into 2011 and re-ignites a great sports rivalry that’s been dormant of late.
Thanks, Rafa and Roger for being the BEST!
A bittersweet end to the season for the doubles champs, Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic, who beat Mahesh Bhupathi and Max Mirnyi 7-6 (6), 6-4 in the finals.
The French Open champs are splitting up – with Nestor reportedly going with Mirnyi and Zimonjic paring with Michael “awesome sauce” Llodra in 2011.