Federer matches yet another Sampras record @ Stockholm.
Posted by tennisplanet on October 24, 2010
Incidentally Sampras also lost an exhibition match today to Greg Rusedski who mocked him big time at the last Slam Sampras won. Sampras reportedly came home to an empty home. His entire family and pet had already moved to safer land. They did however leave a blow up doll of someone bald and short.
Federer, on the other hand, has finally managed to squeeze in another title for the season, pulling next to Sampras as fourth on the all-time title list. Psychologically, this latest win should appear to suggest that the tide is turning for Federer. Past Wimbledon, he has now won a Masters event, reclaimed the No. 2 rank and has reached another milestone. Not too shabby given where the train was headed just few short months ago.
Of course, no one in the right mind can make too much of it all. With Basel next – place where he was born and was a ball boy – with home crowd advantage, it can only get better, unless Djokovic refuses the bribe Soderling fell for here.
“You never know when it’s your last one. That’s why you want to savor every tournament victory.” Is that some kind of reality setting in deep enough to receive such articulation – something completely denied in the past? The run he has been on this season, particularly in the light of the last seven years, WILL evoke the thought with much more authenticity than any casual reference to it as a matter of fact.
Next title stop is 77 owned by McEnroe – that’s 13 titles away. Unless Federer starts visiting more 250 events hosted by a planted man from now on, that number is not getting eclipsed at current rate of three titles per season. I remember hearing of some cricket fast bowlers wanting to reach a record by going after the tail end line up of their opposing team. Same concept. After all, who talks about the quality at this platform. It’s all quantity, isn’t it? For rock people, Connors heads the list with 109.