Originally Posted by jackson vile
There is no logic here, in 2008 Roger did not lose as many sets in the FO as in 2009. When is the last time Roger dropped 2 sets to two people at the FO?
For Andy Roddick to be able to push Roger that hard at Wim is plain sad, Grass is Roger's best surface end of story.
Someone needs to pull up the amount of unforced errors, serve percentage etc etc and average them for 2009 and 2008.
That will tell us which year was better, at the very best they are the same.
Roger did just as well with wins etc as in 2008, only thing was different was that he did not have to play Nadal at the FO and since Roger is the #2 best clay courter he won.
So what? Federer lost many more sets in the 2006 Australian Open than he did in 2007, where he never dropped one, yet many think of 2006 as his best year. Have you considered the fact that maybe his opponents where playing excellent tennis, with the added advantage of having to play with considerably less pressure. Dropping sets does not necessarily mean you played worse or are worse as a player. It just means you dropped some sets, for whatever reason.
Also, Wimbledon 09 was not the first time Roddick has had a close match with Federer. Many times he has been able to win sets and get to tie-breaks. He is a former No.1 after all, as well as a multiple Slam finalist, with wins over Federer, Sampras, Agassi, Nadal, Djokovic, Murray and many other quality players.
In addition to quotes I posted above, here's another voice from someone who knows a thing or two about tennis.
August 5, 2009
"With the improvement of all the young guys, Roger had to get better -- and he did,"said Paul Annacone, head coach of men's tennis for Britain's Lawn Tennis Association. "That, to me, is very impressive. Now we're seeing how great Roger truly is."