Australian Open Notes – 2007.
Posted by tennisplanet on February 4, 2007
Roger Federer: He seems to come out with some extra fire against opponents he either does not like or feels a potential threat from in the future. Clear examples are Djokovic and Roddick at this AO. Comment made by Djokovic earlier irked Federer and he did not make an extra effort to hide it. Similarly, Roddick’s constant harping that the gap is closing between him and Roger and the Kooyong win just before the AO, not to mention the match point he had at Shanghai—all created an intense storm within Federer that found its vent at AO resulting in complete demolition and embarrassment of Roddick.
Leyton Hewitt was also on the short end of Federer’s ire at the 2005 US Open, where he was annhilated 6-0, 7-6, 6-0 in the finals. Leyton’s disrespect of his opponents on the court was what irritated Federer.
Surpassing 14 Grand Slams are just a matter of time, but I think the real goal that Federer should consider is the 109 titles held by Connors. If he can beat this one, during the process, he will essentially eclipse every record there is. That translates winning at least 10 titles every year till he is 32.