Roger Federer lifted his hands aloft upon winning his 67th career title but we failed to see the jubilation that we may have seen in earlier victories. He knows the real task that lies ahead, trying to stop the Nadal juggernaut from claiming his forth straight slam. Upon being asked was he ready for Australia, Roger quipped no not yet, but I will be. To start 2011 with a victory is fantastic, another title and his 4 in 5 tournaments, his only defeat came in Paris against Monfils having had match point.
His country man Stanislas Wawrinka also started his year brightly as he defeated Belgian Xavier Malisse in the Chennai Open final. Top seed in Brisbane Robin Soderling broke his Australian duck by beating defending champion and great guy Andy Roddick. Maria Sharapova’s conqueror 31 year old Greta Arn won in Auckland and Petra Kvitova won her second title on Australian soil. Team USA finalists by default in the Hopman Cup managed to beat Belgiums Justine Henin and Reuben Beumelmans in the mixed doubles to claim the 2011 title.
A busy week for both the WTA and ATP, for those that didnt do so well, theres one week left to prepare before Melbourne. The ladies head to Hobart this week whilst the Men head over the Tasman sea to Auckland. There is also a combined Men/ Women event in Sydney. Check out www.lovetennisblog.com for the results and action.