Sunday, Roger Federer will play big in the Madrid final.
Beyond a record 20th title in Masters 1000, the Switzerland could return to only 1770 points of Novak Djokovic by taking second place world. Fifteen days of Roland-Garros, his dream of regaining its world N.1 resumes form.
With journalists, Roger Federer replied in the negative. No, the Switzerland did not know that by winning the tournament in Madrid Sunday to Tomas Berdych (16 h 30), it would resume Second World place to Rafael Nadal. Without knowing if the Helvète knowingly played the intox, this information will be to take seriously to two weeks of the beginning of Roland-Garros.
At the end of the US Open, won by Novak Djokovic, September 12, 2011, Federer had 6340 points behind on the Serb. If the ex - n. 1 world came to impose himself on clay blue, not only he win one twentieth title-record Masters 1000 (tied with Rafael Nadal), but it would be only 1770 points of Novak Djokovic, holding the title stripped in Madrid, by just before the Majorquin. With the number of points that must defend the Serb from here to the next US Open (7320 very precisely), the Switzerland could be dreaming of the world, that he has left in 2010 after 285 (non-consecutive) weeks at the top of the ATP rankings to a small length of the record of Pete Sampras. A purpose - one of the last - which is still running the thirty years Switzerland.It must be said that since last September, Roger Federer found a second youth. The Switzerland has won six trophies: Basel, the Masters 1000, Paris-Bercy and the Masters Cup in 2011, then Rotterdam, Dubai, and the Masters 1000 of Indian Wells this season. En route to his 45th success in 48 games in the final of Madrid since the US Open 2011, the Switzerland could raise its fourth title ATP season in mid-May, which not more happened to him since the 2006 season. The cause of this renewal? Beaches of rest between the great tournaments, essential for him to be competitive.
"Honestly it relaxes me, me and the team, says"Huh", because it is not easy to come back after six weeks of rest (Federer had more played since Miami, Editor's note) and good play, it back me the confidence that I had before." I am very pleased with my performance here, a tournament where I have worked with the best players in the world. "But it is clear that the conditions will be very different in Rome and Paris." It is true that Madrid would be a step in his reconquest of the throne of the ATP. If victorious Sunday, it should then keep the second world place at the end of the Roman Masters 1000 (where he was eliminated by Richard Gasquet in the third round last year) to be lead N.2 in Roland-Garros.
Here also, this classification could turn upside down several parameters, beginning with the position of the main heads of series in the Parisian table. With Djokovic in N.1 and Nadal in N.3, these two - there could quite cross before the final of the France International. And when you know that the Majorquin is still a complex in the Serb, even on Earth, and that Federer has defeated Djokovic last year in Paris, there is that one step for that the Switzerland is a motivation additional Sunday to Tomas Berdych, who has never beaten him on clay. But the main person he thought? From all these considerations can only meet only in the negative. For the time being.