Roger the great, is back. Or so it seems. After dismantling his arch-nemesis Nadal, in the semi-finals. He moved in for the kill against the 11th seed John Isner. Scoring his 73rd singles title and first masters series at the Paribas Open, since 2006. Roger’s form was excellent this past week. Even though he’s 30, I’m liking his chances of shaking things up as the season transitions over to clay. I can’t say he’s a favorite to win against Djokovic or Nadal at this point, but a semi or even final run in Madrid or Monte Carlo isn’t out of the question. Roger, made the finals at the French last year and has done this or better for 5 of the past 6 years. It will be interesting to see if he can keep that streak alive.
Then there’s the age old question, “How many more slams will he win?” Well, I think he’s got a good chance at another US Open or Wimbledon but given the very high level of competition at the top of the mens game, nothing is certain. Roger, is going to have to come up with something special to beat Nadal or Djokovic in the finals of any slam. Even if it’s Wimbledon. It’s been quite a few years since he’s been able to do that. If he does make the finals, he’s still going to be the under-dog against them.
I think, his chances are much better at winning the Olympic gold. The Olympics, are going to be held in London, on grass, and at Wimbledon. On top of that, the matches are best of 3 sets. Which is perfect for Roger. In fact this is pretty much the best scenario that he could have hoped for. It comes right after Wimbledon, which means he’ll be all warmed up for more grass court matches. And while grass is similar in speed to hard courts, it’s still enough of a specialty surface that Roger, will have the advantage, against most other players.
So, in conclusion. A slam may or may not happen this year. An Olympic medal? Now that I can see happening.