Roger Federer d. Kei Nishikori 6-1, 6-3
All is Bonus
Roger Federer, as I said elsewhere, could rub two rackets together in an attempt to start a fire as a bit of performance art and be defaulted on time violations at every event he enters until he retires and still be considered one of the best to ever play the game. Is he the best ever? That is a topic for another column, but I do think a strong case can be made that he is the most consistent player of all time. The point is that Roger has a lot of freedom in his final years on tour. Whatever he does is just adding to an already stellar resume.
Living and Dying with Their Favorite Player
Having said that a lot of tweets bemoaned Roger’s low conversion rate on break points in the second set and feared the break point Roger Faced at 6-1, 5-3. Fans will always do this with their favored player, but I think Roger’s fans need to realize that the 30 year old Swiss is still #4 in the world rankings and quite capable of playing top level tennis for the foreseeable future. Appreciating his final 2-5 years on tour (a total guess), is probably better than fretting. Besides he had a right to tighten up in the final game, winning in his hometown has to mean something to him. Happy 68th title to Federer.