What Should Roger do ? You Tell me
Ok here's the deal, Rafael Nadal has approx. 7100pts leading into the Year-Ending Masters, whereas Roger Federer has about 5800pts and just to add a little spice into the batter Novak Djokovic has around 4575pts still hanging at #3.
So the guys are dueling it out while Rafa sits comfortably at the top and this is where Mr. FedEx needs to question the commitment he needs to muster in order to end the year at #1. The only way Roger could is for Federer to win just about every Year-Ending Tournament while at the same time Rafa loses early in at least 3 Tournaments which we all know isn't likely. Now should Rafa only make it to nothing closer than the Semis while Roger hoist the Trophy in at least three Tourneys. Should that be the case, then Roger will in fact over-take Nadal and improve his History chasing Profile to 7 years ending as #1 in the World, which is still one behind Pete Sampras. Yeah Pete is more amazing than many of us seem to realize. And I still contend that should Sampras decide to mount a semi-comeback, He would still be considered a Contender in Tournaments such as Wimbledon & The US Open.
Now should Federer decide it's way to difficult and unrealistic to work that hard so he could grab #1 from the clutches of Rafa's hands. Unrealistic is absolutely true because we are talking about Rafael Nadal and the thought of him not gaining any year-ending titles is as far fetched as one could imagine (imo).
AND before I pop the question, we throw in yet another twist & turn to this saga. Should Federer decide to skip most of the Year-Ending Tourneys, while Rafa & Joko will march forth compiling more points and it is possible that Should DJokovic do very well between now and Christmas, he could slip into the #2 Spot pushing Roger down to #3 which would be nothing less than a damn shame as I see it.
So, should Roger Federer skip the grind of the YET (year-ending-tournaments) knowing he still won't make #1 regardless and save his strength & energy for the start of 2009 ensuring a victory in Jan. or should Roger play play play because you never know what can happen in this wonderful game?