This Week in Tennis: Roger Federer and Victoria Azarenka win at the BNP Paribus Open
The world’s former number one and 17-time grand slam champion Roger Federer seemed in top form last week, as he captured the BNP Paribus Open. On the women’s side, Victoria Azarenka won the women’s singles crown.
Federer dispatched of John Isner in the final, beating the American in straight sets fashion, 7-6, 6-3. According to the UPI, Federer’s win over Isner marked his 15th straight victory on the ATP tour this season. Ironically, Federer’s last loss came against Isner in Davis Cup action. The number three ranked Federer was even more impressive in his semifinal match against the word’s number two, Rafael Nadal. Federer dispatched of Nadal in straight sets, beating him 6-3, 6-4.
If you are a fan of American tennis, then for you the Federer victory was more than likely overshadowed by the strong play of John Isner. Although Isner failed to defeat Federer in the BNP Paribus Open final, he stunned the world’s number one Novak Djokovic in the semifinal, defeating him in three sets. Prior to his semifinal loss to Isner, Djokovic had only one loss this season, coming at the hands of the world’s number four ranked player, Britain’s Andy Murray. With this finals appearance, Isner moved himself into the top ten in the rankings. With his stellar play, Federer is now very close to Rafael Nadal in rankings points. If Federer continues to play the way he has been playing of late, he will more than likely take over the number two spot in the near future.
On the women’s side, Victoria Azarenka continued to show that she is the new tour de force on the WTA Tour. Azarenka defeated the second ranked Maria Sharapova , 6-2, 6-3, in the BNP Paribus Open women’s final. For Azarenka, this win was a show of dominance, as she easily crushed her nearest competitor on tour. Just how dominant has Azarenka been this year, one might ask? According to The Seattle Times, Azarenka is 23-0 thus far this season and has the best start of any woman in over a decade. Azarenka is showing that she has the game to become as dominant as Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova, and Monica Seles once were. Only time will tell if Azarenka has the staying power to become one of the best women to ever play the game.