Tennis Awards: Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams, Roger Federer and More

Michael CasentiCorrespondent INovember 5, 2010

Tennis Awards: Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams, Roger Federer and More

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    Who Rocks the House? The Tennis Awards go to...

    2010 has been the epitome of a great season; Rafael Nadal's reign, Serena Williams's stay at the top, and many new faces have highlighted a splendid year.  However, who deserves the claim of attaining a "B/R Tennis Award?"

    It was definitely a battle for these awards, a John Isner- Nicolas Mahut fight for some recognition.  

    The awards were finally decided, but it's just an opinion.  Feel free to type up your opinion down below in the comments section!


King Of The Court

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    This trophy belongs to he who is humble, gracious, generous, and most of all, a true tennis champion.

    Rafael Nadal.  This is no surprise.  After completing the career grand slam, tennis pundits had no doubts that Rafa was the best player of the season.  In Roger Federer-like dominance, he swept the European clay season, winning all the tournaments he had entered.  After winning the French Open, he regained the World No. 1 over Roger Federer.  Then, after a shock loss at Queens, Rafa won Wimbledon for the second time.  Still, this was not enough to prove to some critics that Nadal was the dominant player of the year.  Rafa proved the naysayers wrong by winning his first grand slam title in New York.  

    Rafael Nadal has qualified for Doha and he has attained the much envied Year End No. 1.  With tournaments left in Paris and London, Nadal still has even more trophies he can collect.



    Runner up: Roger Federer

Queen Of The Court

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    Come on! No one can master Serena Williams at the top. Not one player.

    No question about this one, either.  Everyone, please lend a hand to...Serena Williams!  An injury-marred season wasn't enough to stop Serena from holding the No. 1 spot for the greater part of this year. However, Serena has sunk to the No. 4 spot after being sidelined with a foot injury after Wimbledon.  So much for watching the World Cup.  Because of her absence in big time tournaments in New York and Doha, she let loose her strangle hold on this year's tennis.

    What still remains a mystery and will forever be is how Serena was able to keep her No. 1 ranking despite playing 6 tournaments.  It took Caroline Wozniacki and Vera Zvonereva almost the whole year to catch up with the great Serena.

    The best player in women's tennis for years, Serena Williams will not let that title go this year.


    Runner up: Kim Clijsters

Most Improved Male Tennis Player

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    Improving is one thing, but improving like Tomas Berdych is another.

    Tomas Berdych was an outsider in tournaments before this year.  He had talent, having pushed Roger Federer to the brink in 2009, but he could never close the deal in matches.  This year was a totally different story.  He started the American hard court season with a bang, defeating then World No. 1 Roger Federer in a third set tiebreaker, saving a match point en route.  Then, Berdych reached his first grand slam semifinal at the French Open, losing to Federer conquerer Robin Soderling.  The results just kept getting better: Berdych reached the final at the grass lawns at Wimbledon, only to lose to a red hot Rafael Nadal.  The North American fall hard court season was a disappointment, but he played an excellent match against Roger Federer in Toronto, only to lose in a third set tiebreaker after being up 5-2 in the third.  

    Tomas Berdych still has plenty left to prove the remainder of the year, with the Paris Masters to come underway in a few weeks.  Will Tomas Berdych be able to be in the Elite 8 to qualify for London?  

    Things can get interesting in tennis, but Tomas Berdych makes it even more fascinating.


    Runner up: Ernests Gulbis

Most Improved Female Player

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    Reaching high is important in all things. Forcing your opponent to literally reach high is ideal in tennis.

    Kick, kick, kick....Topspin...topspin...topspin.  Samantha Stosur's weapons.  With her kicking serve and topspin groundstrokes, Samantha Stosur has had the year of her career without a doubt.  She lost to Serena Williams at the Australian Open this year, but saved a match point against her foe at the French Open quarterfinals en route to a finals outing.  She lost in the first round at Wimbledon, but made it to the quarterfinals at the US Open, saving 4 match points in her 4th round match, only to lose to eventual champion Kim Clijsters in a 3 set tussle.  She won her second, and most prestigious, tournament at Charleston, and qualified for the WTA Championships in Doha, reaching the semifinals, losing to eventual champion Clijsters, again.  She reached a career high No. 5 this year, and finished the year at No. 6

    Though she had made it to the French Open semifinals last year, she was nothing more than a darkhorse before this year.  Her results have turned 180 degrees this year, and her performances show it.


    Runner up: Vera Zvonereva

Most Mentally Tough Master

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    The End of Match Handshake: After wasting a lead, so and so lost to Roger Federer.

    This one was a tough one to decide.  In the end, I just had to give it to Roger Federer.  He may have wasted 6 match points en route to losing a match, but other than that, he has been the 'Master Mind.' When he was down on the scoreboard, he came up with aces, service winners, forehand winners, backhand winners, you name it.  He summoned his powers to create exquisite volleys, delicate drop shots, and impossible angles.  He came up with the goods.  The goods to stand in the face of his opponent, and look him straight in the eye, as if to say, "You'll see.  Better watch out."

    Except for a few blips here and there, when he was expected to win, he won.  Always a favorite, he demonstrated why he was a favorite.  

    Roger Federer was under pressure.  Roger Federer survived.


    Runner up: Rafael Nadal

Most Mentally Tough Mistress

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    The racket is flung into the air in delight, after a very long and tough match.

    This is not that tough.  Serena Williams wins this honor, as she does most years.  Among her comebacks in matches were her match against Aravane Rezai at Sydney, the match against Victoria Azarenka at the Australian Open, the match against Justine Henin at the Australian Open, the match against Vera Dushevina at Madrid,the  match against Anastasia Pavlyunchenkova at the French Open, and the match against Maria Sharapova at Wimbledon.  

    Not only that, she had on of the most consistent results on the WTA Tour:

    Won: Australian Open, Wimbledon

    Final: Sydney

    Semifinal: Rome

    Quarterfinal: French Open

    3rd Round: Madrid

    Not that bad, 'eh?


    Runner up: Samantha Stosur

Comeback King

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    Squash shot: Surviving at the brink, coming back again. Sound like anyone?

    Thomas Muster.  He's a brave sole to come back to tennis when he knows he won't be at the top.  He has found the joy, but why do it?  A 40 year old at the top would be quite remarkable, but the Austrian tennis legend's comeback is remarkable itself.


    Runner up: Juan Martin del Potro

Comeback Queen

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    Ouch! "I'm going to come back sooner or later, it's just a matter of time."

    Quite a few women were contenders for this title: Maria Sharapova and Justine Henin to name a few. However, I settled with Ana Ivanovic.  After two magnificent year(2007 and 2008), Ivanovic slid down the ranks, and along with her ranks slid down her confidence.  She won her first Tour title in over a year a few weeks ago in Vienna, and now is in the semifinals at Bali.


    Runner up: Justine Henin


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    Nothing better than the Wimbledon trophy...

    Based on this slideshow, we know that Serena Williams has been the 'best' tennis player this year, followed closely by Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

    Any comments? Just write them below this slideshow.  Feel free to post your opinions!