It seems Roger has some kind of groin problem and he finally decided not to play Halle after consulting with his team. It’s a bit sad for us fans but I am happy about it. The focus is now heavily on Wimbledon and I wouldn’t want him to do anything to jeopardize his chances there. I have already said why it is so important for Roger to hit back at Wimbledon. Since losing to Nadal in the final of the French Open again I have already seen some bad press on Roger, saying that his aura was once again dimmed by the loss. There is two sides to that argument. I think it is incredible how Roger arguably had his best French Open campaign at the age of 29. How can it possibly detract from his aura to end the winning streak of the best player this year, who by the way was 4-0 in sets against Nadal in the clay season, and then give Nadal a very tough match in the final?
Clay is after all Nadal’s best surface and Roger’s worst. Aside from the fact that the score was very close, the result in the final was completely expected. How can it possibly detract from Roger’s aura then? If anything this French Open has added to his aura. It all depends on how you look at it. If you are a critic you are gonna look at the fact that he lost in another big match to his nemesis. If you are a reasonable tennis fan you will conclude that it didn’t hurt his aura, legacy, or GOAT status. Having said that, I do feel like he has something to prove at Wimbledon. If Nadal manages to beat him there as well, then and only then it would detract from his aura. He lost do Nadal at Wimbledon once, but that was very different conditions. It was Roger’s slump year after he contracted mono at the beginning of the year.
The mono caused him to lose confidence and it was the reason he got trashed 6-1, 6-3, 6-0 by Nadal in the French Open final. Roger is obviously at a different level of confidence this year after losing 7-5, 7-6(3), 5-7, 6-1 to Nadal. Going into Wimbledon this year things are clearly different. Roger did not suffer a demoralizing defeat in Paris this time around. In fact he will feel quite good having extended Nadal so far this time. Surely he goes into Wimbledon as confident as he’s ever been. So I see no reason why he can’t win Wimbledon, even if he faces Nadal in the final. Well, in a way I can. Given his history with Nadal I guess it is just impossible to call Roger the definite favorite, no matter what the conditions. This is not the way I want it, and it’s not good for Roger’s GOAT status. He can’t just keep losing to Nadal.
The bleeding has to stop somewhere. He must go win Wimbledon now. Period. In other news Nadal is playing Queens. Surprise surprise. The guy never gets tired. Ever. He has played the toughest, most grueling clay court season ever, yet he is ready to play as ever. This is something that baffles me. Of the top players Nadal plays the most events, the most rounds in those events, and plays with the most taxing game style by far. I’m sorry but something seems off here. I can’t say for sure that it is doping, but wouldn’t be surprised in the least if it is. What does doping do? It makes you a kind of superman that never gets tired. It gives you inhuman reserves of stamina and endurance. This is exactly what Nadal has. Not even the machine that is Djokovic is playing this week, and he also took a week off during the clay season which Nadal didn’t.
The human body does have it’s limits. It can’t take inhuman punishment for an unlimited time without breaking down. Lets not forget the ATP’s little role in this. They encourage doping with a brutal playing schedule and then hardly does anything to stop players from doping. I think tennis is in a more tragic situation than people think. Imagine if Nadal is indeed doping and what potential damage it can do to Roger’s legacy, not to mention the damage it has already done. Doping or not, I believe Roger can win Wimbledon this year and I believe he must for the sake of his legacy. Lets keep the faith!