Federer regains No. 2 rank while confirming the ‘Wimbledon shock’ theory.
Posted by tennisplanet on October 16, 2010
Not only did he displace Djokovic he is now just a match away from being the 4th one on the all-time title list. He will also tie Sampras with 64 titles.
But more importantly it’s beginning to look that the Wimbledon loss did stir things up both from within (motivation) and from the outside (coach). Since that quarterfinal loss to Berdych, Federer has reached three finals in four events, winning one of them – with a very close semifinal loss in five sets. For the entire season before that Federer had reached just three finals (Halle, Madrid and AO) in 10 outings winning just one (AO). At one of those matches he lost to Hewitt. Post Wimbledon he has lost to just Murray and Djokovic while reversing losses to Berdych, Baghdatis, Soderling (twice) and Djokovic (twice) from earlier in the season. Are you freaking getting the pitchker?
This title will allow him to accomplish what he failed to get to at both Toronto and the US Open: Winning the title after beating three top dogs – Berdych, Djokovic and Murray (Toronto) and Soderling, Djokovic and Nadal (US Open). This Soderling, Djokovic and Murray run capped with the third and 64th title wrapped with No. 2 rank while matching Nadal’s 18 Masters will elevate Federer’s psyche, game and twin-producing gadget among other items far beyond they have all been pre-Wimbledon.
However, losing to Murray even in a close three set battle will be like reverting to Toronto essentially maintaining status quo – which might still be more than even Federer himself may have expected past the grass courts. No matter what happens from now on Federer has already provided enough evidence to convincingly push back the ‘not a factor or still a threat’ rumblings. He IS a threat without the ‘still’ now.
So what makes him NOT totally back? No. 24 at Djokovic’s match. Anyone know what that is? No, you don’t!!!!!!!!!!!