The talk in the tennis world must have played on Federer's mind, and it is in fact my belief that his loss at Wimbledon in that year was attributed to it. There were clear moments in that match where it almost seemed like he believed he just didn't deserve it.
With the U.S. Open set to begin Monday, it opens yet another chapter in one of the most compelling storylines of the tennis summer. That is, of course, the resurgence of Roger Federer to place himself once again among the top contenders in the sport.
To understand Rafael Nadal it is important to understand that clay -- especially the kind made from crushed red brick -- could very well be part of his DNA. Here are some facts that may help to support this idea even further.
The tennis world at this time is certainly one to enjoy. The Djokovic-Nadal rivalry and the Federer-Nadal one (both of which are sadly on the back stretches) have just been magnificent to watch and admire.