Monday, January 3, 2011

TTA? Looks Back #6: The Roger Federer roller-coaster ride

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.

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