Andy Roddick VS Roger Federer
Hmm…lets see Roger Federer won his third consecutive U.S. Open title on Sunday, surviving a few scares to beat former champion Andy Roddick 6-2 4-6 7-5 6-1. Basically he makes it look way easier than tennis should ever look. He also met Tirger Woods and has won his 9th Career Grand Slam. So the question is not if he beat Sampras’s 14 but when. He is definitely number 1 for the year and is the first person to will wimbledon and the US Open three years running.
So here is what to expect in the 2007 tennis season:
What to expect in 2007
The overall feeling from the players has been positive. “I like everything about it,” said Roddick, who lost to Federer in the final. (Roddick, by the way, won just two of his 10 challenges throughout the fortnight.) There are indications that Hawk-Eye will be used during the Australian Open in January. However, some of the players believe chair umpires are more hesitant to overrule calls because they don’t want to be embarrassed by the technology. Regardless, the innovation has given players some recourse and the fans more excitement.
Federer Express adds to his trophy mantle
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With two months left in the season, Federer has clinched the world No. 1 ranking for the third year in a row.
The numbers are overwhelming. Roger Federer, who is just 25, has nine career Grand Slam titles. He became the first player in the Open era to win three Grand Slams in a season twice and the first to pull off the Wimbledon-U.S. Open double three consecutive years. The Swiss lost just two sets in two weeks and, after he wiped through the field with minimal effort, it appears no one is going to stop him. His win at the U.S. Open clinched the No. 1 ranking, and there are still more than two months left in the season.
What to expect in 2007
More! It’s absurd to think Federer won’t win at least two more Grand Slam titles and finish the year No. 1 again. The question is: Who will step up? We all know Rafael Nadal has had Federer’s number, but will that be enough to legitimately challenge for the top spot on the ATP Tour? Since his run to the Wimbledon final, Nadal has failed to reach the semis in any of the three events he has played. Although Nadal has shown signs of brilliance on hard courts, it’s still too early to say whether he can dominate on anything but clay. It’s also unrealistic at this point to say anyone else — even a rejuvenated Roddick — will make a move in 2007.