And so we have reached the end of the year, time for vaccation and relaxation. Time to heal the wounds and get ready for the new year, 2010. But before that, it is time for the top8 players in the year-end ranking to face of in one of the most anticipated world tour finals ever.
This year, in London. Everybody is excited about it, because of the fact that it has moved from Shanghai to London, most probably more people are going to want to watch it and take place on the facinating event.
These are the top8 players both singles and doubles who have qualified for the finals:
Swedens hope Robin Soderling unfortunately could not deliver, too bad. Hopefully he gets another chance next year. On the other hand, I am very happy that Fernando Verdasco has made it to the last eight. Everybody knows how well he can play and he seems to step his game up when he faces the best players in the world. We all remember the semifinals in Australian Open in the beginning of the year.
Many people are obviously rooting for Roger Federer but I don't believe he is going to make it this year. He has played well, made it to the Basel final and all, sure.. But that is his homeground so he is expected to do well there, then he had the chock 1R exit at Paris Masters 1000 which was pathetic, he was obviously pissed with himself and I can understand him being that. I don't think he has the mindset to make it, but who knows.. It is Roger we are talking about.
Andy Murray, who has suffered from injuries, but then came back and won in Valencia seems to be in great shape! In an interview before the tournament he actually said, "I don't play to win this tournament, I do not expect to go far because I have just come back from my injuries". But somehow he made it through, good for him, he is a tough contender and could very well pull it off. Then we have Juan Martin Del Potro who hasn't done anything good after the US Open, I think he is the least favourite of the eight to win this tournament, he has made strange 1R exits, played on a very mediocre level, he can't do it this time.
Andy Roddick, the american pride. I think he is hungry, I think he has got the game and I think he believes he can do it. Such an aggressive serve and game, he also has a nice chance of pulling this off if he finds his rythm and gets in the zone enough times through the rounds.
Nikolay Davydenko, lol.. It turned out to be good for him to get injured for a longer period of time. He comes back at a time when everyone is tired at the end of the year, plays some fantastic tennis and wins Shanghai Masters 1000 in a great match against Rafa. The "ball machine" is here to stay and he will fight until the very end.
Rafael Nadal, I believe in you. You fought your way through those tournament, you looked like you were struggling the whole time, never a calm moment, always chased by your opponent, but somehow, you did pretty good. The only thing left here for a successful outcome, is to become MORE AGGRESSIVE, start hitting some winners again. And finally, the man, the one that has delivered,
Novak Djokovic, not being able to win a Grand Slam, dissapointment at the Australian Open. Not playing particulary well @ Wimbledon. Came back in US Open and made it to the semifinals, after that he has just been doing great, winning two tournaments in a row! Both Basel and Paris Masters back-to-back. That is something to applaude. Djokovic won the finals last year when it was held in Shanghai. I hope he hasn't become sore or injured after these last few intense week, if he is still in shape, this guy will be a tough one to beat, playing inspired tennis like a champion!
This is my personal list on which 4 I hold as the biggest favourites to win the tournament.
1. Rafael Nadal
2. Novak Djokovic
3. Nikolay Davydenko
4. Andy Murray
(5. Roger Federer)