Monday, November 29, 2010

Roger Federer: Winning big at the beginning and end

Talk about a roller coaster ride for Roger Federer! 2010 definitely was that.

Back in January, after he won his 16th career Major at the Australian, it looked like nothing would stop him. But then came all those title-less months, that included losses to Tomas Berdych (twice!), Robin Soderling, Marcos Baghdatis, Albert Montanes ... I'd say things were looking kind of grim--and I bet a lot of other folks would, too.

But then Federer ended up righting the ship after Wimbledon, and while he didn't win the U.S. Open, he did pick up four titles in the last half of the season including a nice-sized one yesterday at the ATP World Tour Finals. He ran through his first four opponents there before stopping Rafael Nadal in a three-setter. It's always impressive when you're beating single-digit-ranking dudes all in a row like that--a perfect way to end the season for the legend.

And because I'm such a big man and can admit my mistakes (actually, I'm only doing this before someone out there calls me on it!) I'd like to give props to the work Paul Annacone has done, after knocking Federer for bringing him aboard. I still think it'll be interesting to see how Fed approaches the clay-court season next year, but that's a story for another day. Let's let the guys enjoy this one!

(Photo: Getty Images)