Archive for December, 2009

Winning Performances of 2009: Roger Federer, Masters Madrid

December 9, 2009

It was the victory about which the ramifications were to reverberate around the tennis world for months.

After a few despairing and desolate months at the beginning of 2009, including Grand Slam defeat, the continued unattainability of the No.1 position and the much media-scrutinised racquet-smashing, it seemed that Roger Federer had truly lost his tennis mojo.

Yet the Madrid Masters final was the triumph that acted as the trigger for ultimate supremacy.

In comprehensively defeating Rafael Nadal in straight sets in the clay-court final, Federer seemed to find and unleash the power and skill that had seemingly been laid dormant for months.

In the weeks that followed, Federer won the French Open – his first victory at Roland Garros, his fourteenth Slam overall (equalling Pete Sampras) and achieved him a Career Grand Slam – and Wimbledon, where he won his record-breaking fifteenth Grand Slam by beating Andy Roddick in an epic 5-set final.

Of course, on the Sunday in May when Federer won in Madrid, these events were yet to be uncovered, yet to be dreamed.

But even looking at the event individually, it was clear that the tide was turning for the Swiss.

With personal life settled – Federer and ‘his Mirka’ married in April – and injury woes abating, Federer was able to revert back to his perfectly relaxed self on the tennis court.

Reaching the Madrid final with ease, Nadal, the clay court king, was outclassed from the baseline and the net with stunning cross-court, down-the-line and net winners.  Despite Federer’s recent woes, and historical match-ups in favour of the Spaniard, Nadal just couldn’t keep up with Federer’s power, precision and poise.

The final in Madrid was the start of something huge for Federer and the tennis community, signalling the eve of another new era.