How fitting - Roger Federer standing next to a crown! Great to see him looking happy after having to struggle with a death threat from a stupid person over the last few days. Word has it the culprit has apologized to the tournament and to Roger and his family. I guess people don't understand the power of the internet these days! With that cleared up, hopefully Roger can focus on playing some great tennis this week.
The draw is out and once again Roger is on the same half as Murray. I at first was frustrated by this, as it seems the harder draw, but since Berdych is on Djokovic's side that is one that also could have been troubling. After a first round bye his first few rounds should be fairly doable unless he is particularly rusty after not having played for a few weeks. Of course a win at this tournament would be awesome, but just seeing him play again when we weren't sure it would happen this week will be great. Hopefully he can at least stay in there long enough to hold onto #1 to make it to 300 weeks!!!
Here is another picture of him at a Rolex exhibit he toured. Glad he's getting out and about in spite of the heightened security.
On another note, I have been enjoying some of the tennis going on this weekend, particularly in Tokyo. The match between Murray and Raonic was a great one. I have never seen Raonic play so well, being aggressive, coming forward. He came from a break down in the 3rd set, saved a couple match points, and went on to win in the tiebreak. And Nishikori is playing inspired tennis to give the Japanese their first finalist at this tournament. Should be an interesting final. And then there is also Azarenka-Sharapova and Djokovic-Tsonga. Not too bad of a tennis weekend for lower level tournaments!