Another interesting result in Shanghai Masters 1000 this week. Nadal loses again, this time to the #11 player in the world, Jurgen Melzer, who qualified for the doubles year-end championships already. I don’t know what to say except that again, the cyclical results continue as Nadal falls to fairly weak competition when not in Grand Slam play. Yes, I know that anyone can win a 2-out-3 format, but these losses on the heels of a dominant US Open performance still make you say “hmmm.”
Federer on the other hand, has had his best results in small events this season, with a dominant quarterfinal thrashing of Robin Soderling. So much for Fed losing twice in a row to Robin. He dispatched the giant Swede in 53 minutes, 6-1, 6-1. Federer has suffered six losses to players outside the top 10 this season, so we cannot say that he is exempt from losing to lower ranked opponents. Maybe he cycles too? I don’t know, but I want there to be comprehensive testing so that young men and women who want to play professional sports have a choice as to whether they can follow their dream or sacrifice their health, which incidently is the exact opposite of what sports is about!