Roger Federer: 5 Reasons the ATP World Tour Finals Means He'll Be Back in 2012
The Swiss Maestro managed to set yet another all-time record yesterday, defeating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets to earn his sixth ATP World Tour Finals Championship title.
Federer went 5-0 in the tournament and has been undefeated overall since his semifinals ousting at the US Open.
Although he has not won a major title since January of 2010, things are looking to turn in Roger's favor for the 2012 season. Here are five reasons why.
Roger barely complains about injury or fitness-related problems.
Even when he experienced some pains during the Davis Cup, he acted accordingly and rested by skipping out on a tournament.
When he came back from rest, he went on a massive winning streak and has yet to lose.
Roger's confidence is back up again and, although it took awhile for Paul Annacone's influence to show up in the No. 3 player's game, it is very apparent now.
The Fed Express is no longer afraid to hit the ball firmly and go for his shots in pressure moments.
His return game, backhands, volleys and serve have gotten much better over the past few months, and he has such nice variety that it seems illogical to say he will be handily beaten by opponents next year.
Serve and Aggressive Gameplay
Federer's serve is the cornerstone to his game, and it is only improving right now.
Although he had a small let-up with his serve against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the latter sets of the final match, he still was able to find a way to win, and he usually can fix service problems on-the-fly.
His aggressive hitting is also allowing him more chances to break his opponents' dangerous serves and take over points that would otherwise put him on the defensive end of the spectrum.
His Rivals Will Not Challenge Him as Fiercely as They Have in the Past
Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray have all experienced injury or a lackadaisical display in recent matches.
Roger has not gotten truly "beaten" by Novak since the Australian Open, and he still challenges the No. 1 player each time he plays him. After all, he is the only person to have defeated Novak in a Grand Slam since Nole turned "good."
Roger absolutely demolished Rafa at the World Tour Finals, hitting seven times as many winners as his rival and only letting up three games. Rafa said himself that he needs to practice and improve more to have a chance at beating his rivals, Roger and Novak, in the future.
Andy Murray is constantly on and off with injuries and determination. Do not count on Roger to lose to the Scot in a Slam.
He Has Made a Grand Slam Final Each Consecutive Year Since 2003
Even though 2011 was the first year that Roger had not won a slam since 2002, he still reached the French Open final.
This finals-reaching trend will most likely continue, and Roger will be faced with more chances to play in the title match of majors next year.
Since he is much hungrier now than he was at the latter stages of 2010, he will probably win at least one of those major title opportunities.