Roger Federer’s 4th title and 9th final of 2014 prove that 2013 is a thing of the past. Roger did not win a Grand Slam in 2014, but his form, health and demeanor tell me he is someone to watch in 2015. At the end of 2013, I thought 2015 might be his swan song.
Rafael Nadal’s commitment to play the rest of 2014 before having his appendix removed is noble. It also strikes me as odd. Novak Djokovic is likely to finish 2014 ranked #1. Even the most routine surgery can have a recovery that takes detours. I do not have Rafa’s medical charts. I do however think that Rafa could give himself extra weeks to recover and practice for Australia.
Playing Gilles Simon has to be the ATP equivalent of going to the dentist. The guy is sneaky good, but he also exudes a vibe that seemingly makes it hard to build up a war on court against him.