Another look-back at the year that was, seeing as how we need to start looking ahead soon!
Roger Federer started and ended 2010 in pretty-typical fashion for him: A title at the Australian Open to kick off the season, then another World Tour Finals win, which saw him go through the round-robin-style tournament undefeated.
In-between those wins, though? Two words best sum that up: Oh boy.
Let's see, there were the ridiculously close losses to Tomas Berdych, Marcos Baghdatis and Ernests Gulbis. Albert Montanes tagged him in Estoril. Then there were the back-to-back Slam quarterfinal losses to Robin Soderling and Berdych at the French and Wimbledon, respectively. Probably most shocking is the fact he went without a title from January to August! Sam Querrey won more tournaments over that point!
But, as befitting arguably the greatest of all time, he righted the ship and went on a tear to end the year.
You have to say it's a good bet this form will carry over into '11. One thing's for sure, you can never count Roger Federer out.
An old friend of mine and I used to talk tennis for hours, whether it was our own games or what was happening in the pros. I've started Tennis Talk, Anyone? to, well, talk tennis with an even broader crowd! My name is Van Sias and I've been playing for 20 years now, and not only am I player, I'm a huge fan of the game as well: pro, amateur, you name it. I'll post links to news items related to the sport, and offer my own personal opinion, predictions and hopefully get some of yours as well.