A Very American Coup By Michael – Louis Ingram, Editor-in-Chief...
By Richard Kent BASN Writer
Updated: May 15, 2012
CONNECTICUT (BASN)—Could they come back to be the top players in the world again? Only time will tell but Roger Federer and Serena Williams did their best impersonations of no. 1 this past week in Madrid.
Federer, not the most dominant player on clay avoided playing the most dominant, Rafael Nadal. Federer beat Tomas Berdych, 3-6,7-5,7-5 in the Final. Berdych had 14 winners in the first set and looked unbeatable but came back to earth in the second set thanks to a Federer break.
Federer also broke in the third set.
With the win, Federer took over the no. 2 spot in the world from Nadal and is in striking distance of no. 1 Novak Djokovic. He could overtake him in 2012.
Federer’s loss to Djokovic in last year’s US Open semis seemed to energize him and despite a loss at the Australian, has been the best player in the world.
He is entered in this weeks Italian Open and has a relatively easy draw.
Federer is clearly peaking for three events this Summer, Wimbledon, the Olympics as he has never won a Gold in singles and the US Open
Williams was a surprise winner. She defeated world no. 1 Victoria Azarenka in the Final, 6-1,6-3 showcasing a strong serve. She had beaten Maria Sharapova by the same score in the quarters.
Williams also is peaking for the Olympics. She has never won a Gold in singles, but has won two Golds with her sister Venus in doubles in 2000 and 2008.