By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
A Great Weekend of Tennis
IOWA CITY (BASN) — This was one of those great weekends of tennis with Roger Federer winning his 15th Open title in a classic plus the Williams Sisters continuing their hold over women’s tennis.
In 2003, Andre Agassi won the Australian Open but this would be the last victory for the old stars of the 90′s and the young lions led Roger Federer would win the remainder majors.
Juan Carlos Ferraro won the French to claim the title of the best on clay, Federer won his first Wimbledon> and Andy Roddick dominated the hard court season with concluding U.S. Open win.
Since then, we have witnessed the age of Federer as the Swiss tennis star took a throttle hold of the Tennis world. Since the 2003 season, Federer became the king of Tennis winning all of the majors at least once nor can it be said that his dominance was because of weak competition especially in lieu of the emergence of Rafael Nadal as a serious rival to Federer.
Andy Roddick is tennis’ version of Nolan Ryan, a powerful right hand serve that when clicking makes him virtually unstoppable. In some way, this particular match had its own peculiar stats.
Federer had over 20 more aces than Roddick and nearly 30 more winners and this would be equivalence of Greg Maddox throwing more strikeouts than Ryan in a pitching duel or Derek Jeter defeating Ryan Howard in a Home Run Derby.
Over the past six years, Roddick has been the premier American player but no American has won a major since Roddick won his U.S. Open. He came close twice at Wimbledon when he lost a lead in the second set against Federer after a rain delay in the 2004 Wimbledon final and the 2009 five set lost.
Tennis has a simple way of determining the best, who has won the most majors. Like Golf, discussion are centered on one fact, who has own the most majors and that is Roger Federer.
The old timers will argue that Rod Laver and his 12 majors can’t be overlooked since he missed most of the 60′s unable to play the majors since he was on the professional circuit.
Until Open era began in the late 60′s, professionals were denied entrance on the central stage of Tennis’ great tournaments. It may not be as easy to determine who is the greatest in Tennis but there is no doubt Roger Federer is the greatest Tennis player of the Open Era.
When Federer plays at his very best, it looks like very little effort is being exerted.
The Williams Sisters have singlehandedly saved American tennis since they have continued to win majors throughout the decades. With much of better women tennis players playing across the Atlantic>, the Williams sisters have held off the foreign onslaught while giving Americans their only major titles since 2003.
The sisters have won a combined 18 titles and often, the sisters found themselves playing each other in the finals. The Williams sisters have combine power with smoothness rarely seen.
In the final, the first set was close with Serena winning the tiebreak to take a one set lead and tight. Serena took control of her older sister in the second set as she won the set, 6 games to 2.
As for the Williams sisters, they are still the best in women’s tennis. In one post interview, a reporter asked how Serena felt being ranked only the second best player despite having won three of the last four majors, she responded with a grin; she would take second place and three majors as oppose to being ranked number one and no majors to her credit.
The Williams sisters have always prepared to play their best when it counted, the four major tournaments. Put Serena or Venus on center stage, they perform.
Roger Federer has accomplished what no man in tennis, winning his 15th major and in the process done what very few have done; win all the majors. He’s not one to be satisfied with just being the best, but staying the best.
Wimbledon> saw three artists at the top of their game: Venus, Serena and Roger.