Hey there everyone
The French Open final last night was a pivotal moment in the careers of both Federer
. So Roger loses his 1st slam final despite a landslide opening set 6-1
,then Rafa manages his usual role of escape artist & extends his dominance over Federer
Lets get this straight Fed is still going to win his fair share of Slams in the next few years & I`m sure he`ll pass 10 in total- but his confidence has taken a beating. Especially after losing three successive finals to the same guy
.Up until November 2005 Federer was on a record run of 24-consecutive wins in finals. Then he lost the TMC to Nalbandian & 4 other finals to Rafa. So Roger is 4-5 in finals over the last half-a-year.
I`ll cut to the chase>>>
,as much as Federer has converted me into a fan I realise that psycholigically he`s taken a beating & this year`s Wimbledon is much more open than the previous couple of years...
I predict Old Rog won`t be able to make it 4-Wimby`s in a row. However Nadal is still not ready to win big on grass, so who are the other contenders...
Even if you don`t agree with me, lets say for hypothetical reasons, assuming Federer doesn`t manage to win Wimbledon again this year then who are the other contenders...
1.Lleyton Hewitt, the timing is perfect, with all the attention on Roger & Rafa the former Rocky fighter can turn the tables & pull a surprise
2.David Nalbandian, he`s certainly due for a major- you got to figure if he keeps knocking on the door eventually it`ll happen for him!!
3.James Blake, his form has been good & he`s the Cinderalla story after the Rome accident a few years back. He likes fast hard courts- so why not grass
4.Mario Ancic, we all know he`s mentally fragile but so was Gaudio before he nabbed the French a few years back, as a former SF you`ve got to rate him & the form is good..
5.Ivan Ljubicic, I don`t really think he`ll do it but he has been improving in recent slams with a QF at AO & now a SF at FO
I predict one of these five will win, meanwhile Roger & Rafa will both lose either at the QF or SF stage... As I said it`s just my hunch, but I`d appreciate any other fair dinkum opinions