Sunday, October 14, 2012
Final thoughts on Shanghai
What an amazing final that was between Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray! The quality of tennis was incredible. I can't count the number of points where it should have been over multiple times, yet one or the other of them was able to keep it going and turn things around to win the point. I'm sure Murray must be bitterly disappointed after having 5 match points, to end up losing in the end. Novak seems to have an uncanny ability to come back from the brink of defeat to win matches.
With another 1,000 points added with this win it won't be long at all before Djokovic is able to wrestle #1 away from Roger Federer once again. I must say, as a Federer fan I was rather discouraged with his lackluster performance against Andy Murray in the semis, strewn with so many errors, knowing this would have so much affect on the end-of-year #1 ranking. However, I was encouraged to read this comment from him:
"I would love to finish number one as well for the end of the year. For that it's going to take a great stretch again, winning Basel, Paris and London I assume to give myself a chance," said the 17-time Grand Slam champion. "We'll see how it goes. Look, I'm relaxed about it. I'll give everything I can. I want to get through this season well and finish strong. But it's not the number one goal right now. Right now it's to manage my schedule, hopefully be in good shape for Basel, then kind of go from there. Just to repeat, the goal was to become world number one this year, which happened, not the end of the year. But if that happens, that's a bonus."
It's easy to just keep wanting more and more as Federer fans because we've seen him do so many amazing things. But the fact that he repeated the statement that his goal was to become world #1, not to end the year as #1, just reminded me that it's okay if he goes back to #2. Novak deserves #1 again at this point, and to have achieved 300 weeks at #1 was just incredible. We can't expect him to win everything at 31 years old.
It will be a fascinating next few weeks, particularly, in my opinion, to see who is going to step up at the World Tour Finals. I would imagine Djokovic has much motivation this year to add that to his resume.