Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Federer needs to be at his best to topple Nadal in 2011

Roger Federer may have beaten Rafael Nadal to the final prize of the year but the tennis season's last significant ranking list shows that 2010 belonged to the Spaniard.

Despite his triumph at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals on Sunday the Swiss still finds himself some way behind Nadal.
The rankings also show how dominant the duo, who have finished six consecutive years as the world's No 1 and No 2 players, remain and how difficult it will be for Andy Murray - fourth for the third straight season - and Novak Djokovic to dislodge them.

Nadal has a massive 3,305-point lead over his old rival and that is unlikely to shrink for a few months.

With the rankings operating on a 12-month spread, the Spaniard only has a quarter-final to defend at January's Australian Open while Federer won the event last year.

The pair will face each other twice before the end of this year, but points are not at stake. Nadal plays Federer before Christmas on consecutive days - in Switzerland and Madrid - in exhibition matches in aid of each other's charities.

Federer, I still believe in the world what you are capable of and add a few more slam to your collection :)

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