Thursday, January 27, 2011

Australian Open Day 11: Rojer

Curtain Call

Player: Jean-Julien Rojer
Age: 29
Nation: Netherlands Antilles
Current Doubles Ranking: 40
Doubles Partner: Eric Butorac (USA)
Notable Conquests: Lukasz Kubot (Poland)/Oliver Marach (Austria) (4th seed) and Mark Knowles (Bahamas)/Michal Mertinak (Slovakia) (12th)
Today's Result: loss to Bob and Mark Bryan (1st, USA) in straight sets

Photo via TennisBetSite

Ha! You thought it was a typo, didn't you? You assumed I meant Mr. Federer. Ha!

Rojer is a full-fledged doubles specialist, not even ranked in singles at present. His semifinal result is a significant improvement over last year's third round finish. Thanks to him and Wikipedia, I now know that Netherlands Antilles was dissolved last year. Rojer is from CuraƧao, previously part of the Antilles but now a constituent country, still under the Dutch flag. Courtesy of tennis, my knowledge of world geography is now updated.

Djokovic has been my pick to win the tournament all along so it would be disingenuous for me to claim I see his win over Fed as surprising. For the first time in eight years, Roger will not be the current title holder of any of the four Slams. An era has passed. It was going to happen eventually. His story's not over yet. He's way too good to just ride off into the sunset. Nonetheless, the Djoker's comprehensive victory may be a signal of a turning point in his own career. We shall see.

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