Montreal – Cincy

What an incredible 2 weeks for the ATP tour, possibly the best back to back weeks that I can remember, first we had the top 8 make the quarters in Montreal and then the big 4 in the semis in Cincy, the ATP must be very happy.

Any time you see the top 4 together a little more then a week before the Open a lot questions are gonna be asked, and the answer came back a resounding FED, as he came up with convincing wins against Murray and Djokovic to get his first hard court title of 09, and he is moving the best on hard court that I have seen him in quite some time. He also ended that 4 match losing streak to Murray, and still only 2 players have beaten Fed five times in a row, Nalbandian early in his career and of course, Rafa. Also, in the open era Fed is the only player in the calendar year to make all four slam finals, he did it in ‘06 and ‘07 and now has a chance to do it again, which is just another remarkable achievement in his illustrious career. And after that that strange finish to Tsonga last week this win will do a world of good for Roger’s confidence, and he will be the¬†definitive¬†favorite heading into the Open. The Djoker also made step up in the Semis in defeating Rafa, but it looked like Rafa may have tweaked his stomach a little bit during the match, but he is playing a lot better and hopefully he can be 100% healthy for the Open.

Big ups to Dementieva for taking out Shaza in the final as well as Serena in the Semis. Shaza struggled with her serve once again, but is still definitely getting closer to being a lot more like her old self. It has been a very wide open Summer for the ladies with a different winner every week, which would make you think it’s anyones title to take at the Open, but then again Serena usually steps it up big time in the majors. Really looking forward to the US Open, with ESPN completing our “slam” with coverage from the Big Apple for the first time.

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