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Thursday, February 18, 2010

2009 ATP World Tour Awards - Roger Federer wins again

http://www.atpworldtour.com/Fans/Fan-Favorite/~/media/E2F2614591A649D89548FA79A46ACB83.ashx?w=450&h=212&as=1Roger Federer was formally recognized for his triumphant return to the top spot in men’s tennis on Wednesday, as the 2009 ATP World Tour Awards were announced.

The 28-year-old superstar collected Player of the Year, the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award and ATPWorldTour.com Fans' Favorite Player of the Year presented by RICOH honors. Federer was named Player of the Year for the fifth time after finishing as ATP World Tour Champion and his fellow players voted him with the sportsmanship award for a record sixth consecutive year, surpassing Edberg, who was a five-time recipient over eight years. In a poll of fans, Federer was voted ATPWorldTour.com Fans' Favorite for the seventh straight season.

ATP World Tour Doubles Champions Bob and Mike Bryan were announced as the Doubles Team of the Year for the fifth time in seven years.

Former ATP World Tour pro MaliVai Washington, a winner of four career ATP World Tour titles and a finalist at Wimbledon, won the prestigious Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year award for his charitable efforts.

Juan Martin Del Potro is a good clay court player

http://buenoentonces.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/del-potro.jpgTime and again People completely forget one major thing, Juan Martin Del Potro is from Argentina, which breeds clay-courters, Even-though Del Potro prefers Hard courts due to his style of play, he is well used to clay courts more than Hardcourts,

Rafa without doubt is the favorite but to say he will 99 out of 100 times is really silly, he has lost to Soderling last FO, what's soderling - Nadal percentage now in FO ?

For your notice, Del Potro Rafa encounter in RG was a close affair in the first set at 7-5, that Del Potro was not even half good as the current version is.

So its not myth that Del Potro is good at clay as he is quite used to clay from his childhood days.

Del Boy will struggle on grass and Wimbledon without a doubt is much harder slam to achieve than RG , this is down to the simple fact of his movement in grass, do you see how many guys slip in grass, last year Wimbledon was just a prime example.

TO think Murray is bad on grass is absurd again, its just Roddick's game and experience proved crucial on winning last year's Semi against Murray, that doesn't make Murray a bad grass court player eventhough I won't name him as exceptional grass court player.

Nole in grass is mystery, he could end up like Safin or he might even conquer it many times,we have to wait and see.

Federer Makes Emotional Visit To Ethiopia

http://www.atpworldtour.com/~/media/CA7EEC2BCD6647308AD904B31B83FB33.ashxWorld number one Roger Federer sends the ball spinning into the net. His opponent, Ethiopian teenager, Jirata Demksa, smiles and prays the Swiss is having an off day.

But Federer just pauses and, taking a deep breath, serves a blistering ace. The 17-year-old, realising he's beaten, simply shrugs.

"He's the best tennis player ever," he says. "I am just lucky we played ping-pong."

Jirata says he will never forget taking two points from Federer in an impromptu game of table tennis at a school the tennis ace funds in the poor country. For Federer, this week's visit to Ethiopia was one that moved him to tears.

"When I arrived at the school and all of the children were singing, it was very emotional," Federer told Reuters. "They sang, 'Roger, our Father' to me. I didn't really understand it at the beginning but I still had tears in my eyes.