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November 27, 2010, last updated June 2, 2015

By A. Lee, Contributing Columnist



Roger Federer beat World Number One Rafael Nadal at the season-ending Barclays ATP Finals in London today, 6-3,3-6,6-1. The tournament, traditionally billed as the "5th Grand Slam" was something of a consolation prize for Federer in a year which saw Nadal win 3 Grand Slam titles at the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open and wrest the Number One ranking from Fereder. For his win, Federer pocketed $1.6 million.


Though he lost the match, the tournament actually showed the spectacular progress of Nadal on hard surfaces. In addition to having on the US Open on a HarTru surface, Nadal made it to the finals of the ATP. His best previous showing on the exceptionally low-bouncing hard surface was 0-3. This year, he sailed into the finals after not dropping a single match against the likes of Dkojovic, Soderling and the ever-dangerous Andy Murray.


Is this Win Signs of a Resurgent Federer?


In his semifinal against Novak Djokovic, Federer was masterful, showing a razor sharp slice and a wide-swinging topspin forehand that pinned Djokovic to the backcourt. To this reporter's eyes, the match was like looking through a time-machine at Federer of old, the invincible Federer of 2003-2004. His serve was sharp, his forehand was dismissive and his improved topspin backhand down-the-line kept Djokovic off balance. 


But what was even more impressive was his temperament, a steely determination in his eyes that seemed to re-assert his self-confidence that he is in fact still the best player alive. So, is this Federer Resurgent?


I think not. Rafael Nadal was clearly exhausted from his semi-final match against Murray and of course, because he actually won the last 3 Grand Slams, he has played more important matches this year than anyone else. That mental and physical toll finally caught up with him in the year-ending ATP event.


My prediction for the upcoming 2011 Australian? Look for Nadal to make it through to meet the defending champion Federer once again.

Update:

As of the summer of 2015, the Great Roger Federer has proven us wrong. He is currently ranked Number 2 in the world, ahead of Rafael Nadal, now currently ranked 7th. At age 34, Roger Federer looks to have the endurance and skills to outlast all his contemporaries.

 




































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