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What a huge disappointment it was today at about 1:00 pm EST to find out that Roger Federer had been forced to withdraw from the final of the Year End Championship final in London today! BUMMER! Roger apparently tweaked his back yesterday in the tie break during the 3rd set of the incredible match and win over fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka yesterday. According to ESPN analyst John McEnroe, there were some “issues” after the match between the two great Swiss players and friends, meetings went on into the night? Um…there is a very important Davis Cup Final with France which gets underway Nov. 21st so hope all the “issues” are ironed out!! Anyhow, really a shame not to get to see a Djokovic – Federer final in London at the O2 arena. The fans were shocked as Federer came out in warm up attire to address the crowd and apologize for having to withdraw (class act as always!) Roger has only withdrawn from a match three times in his entire illustrious career. So, Novak Djokovic not only ends the year as the #1 ranked player in the world, he wins the Barclays Year End Trophy with a walkover. Not the way Nole wanted to win this trophy for sure.
Yesterday’s semifinals were very entertaining. Djokovic took out Nishikori in three sets, 6-1, 4-6, 6-0. Then, there was that incredible match between Federer and Wawrinka. It lasted almost three hours, was the best match of the entire tournament, and when all was said and done, it was Federer, 4-6, 7-5, 7-6. Wawrinka had his chances, 3 match points, all to be saved by Federer. The tie break in the third set was tense, and apparently it was then that Roger experienced a tweak in his back, but Roger got it done as great champions do, even when they are not at their peak throughout the entire match. Wawrinka lost a heartbreaker for sure. Really hope all is well, and the Swiss dream team can get it done next weekend in France and win the Davis Cup.
So..next post..all about this past weekend’s crazy College Football results! Later…and soon!