1. Thought of so many matches he won in his prime when not even close to being at his best, and it seemed possible that he can pull it off without being 100 percent.
2. The lure of setting a record that NO ONE can break was too much. Everyone wants to own at least ONE prestigious record that is beyond reach of anyone EVER. Well, he might have just achieved that feat. But at what expense?
The record? Most number of weeks at No. 1 CONSECUTIVELY. 237 weeks. Wasn’t the previous one by Connors at 160?
I think Federer sensed the real tug of decline at Wimbledon. Canas 1 and 2 and even Volandri, he considered an aberration. Just a bad day. But when he realized what was happening at Wimbledon and it got confirmed at the US Open, Federer knew the window is closing fast. So instead of resting for six months to a year after mono like Ancic did, he wanted to grab whatever he could before the sun sets.
For in Federer’s mind, after 6 months or a year, there will be nothing left to build on. That was based on his correct reading of a slowdown after Wimbledon.
So Federer may have achieved what he set out to do.
Federer had just two choices in January:
1. Rest for six months to a year, essentially ending his career.
2. Continue playing through the illness and accumulate as much moss as he can before being forced into retirement. Extend the No. 1 rank to as far as he could.
What would you have done? You see, the ship had come to the shore either way. Why not make the most of the last trip instead of resting? You have all the time to rest all your life.
Or was this all a conspiracy to make Mirka shed some weight? If it was, it hit the bulls eye with a masterful stroke. Now is someone working on Nadal’s picking, or Djokovic’s chin or Roddick’s …?