Oh ye Federer fans of little faith and expression...
Did you not just see him do what most said could never be done, win another major and leapfrog the two top players in the world to regain the #1 ranking at age 30? His age is just a number, forget it. Forget about his golden gift to Murray. Forget about him temporarily relinquishing his throne at the US Open from 2009-2011 while he was focused on his young family. He has stormed into this year's US Open off a record 5th win in Cincinnati, demolishing his rivals. This is the US Open, where he won 5 straight times; nobody else around has ever won 2. So he knows how to deal with Super Saturday and he is arguably playing better now than he has at anytime since 2006-2007.
Federer's aura is very high right now compared to all other players. Have you not noticed their deference on and off the court to the true King of Hard Courts and Grass? Even the reigning King of Clay, Rafael Nadal, has graciously stepped aside for a time to pay respect to his great rival. Federer graciously acknowledged this sacrifice with a personal mail to the Spaniard, wishing him further health and titles in the future.
It will take a very special performance to beat Mr. Federer in New York. Look at who is playing and their most recent performances on hard courts. Do you think anyone has it in them to beat him now?
Novak Djokovic is not the unbeatable usurper of 2011. He used up whatever magic was left in his egg in the 6 hour final in Australia with King Nadal. He looked in awe of Maestro Federer in Cincinnati. He's fortunate Federer wanted to give the fans their money's worth and permitted his level to drop after dishing out a bagel to the world #2 in the first set. Andy Murray, appeared to be still hungover from his Olympic Wimbledon win. A US Open semifinal is no guarantee for him, even with tired Jo-Wilfried Tsonga out. Murray could even lose to Jeremy Chardy again if they both make it that far. Anyone else? David Ferrer? 0-13? No chance. Tomas Berdych? He's mentally beaten before he steps on the court. Gentle Juan Martin Del Potro has the only chance if 100% healthy and he didn't seem to be in Cincinnati.
So career title #77
can very well come here, tying him for 3rd
in the Open Era with John McEnroe, along with his 18th
title and 2nd
major of the year. If he does win an Open Era record 6th
US Open, on top of his other significant accomplishments this year, there is no doubt that this year will have to be ranked as one of his career's best years in light of his age and the level of his competition in their prime playing age. A win in Basel and a win at the World Tour Finals will only serve to crown this astonishing and almighty achievement.
ATP Tour 2012 - The Return of the King - Roger Federer