by Mauro Cappiello
With the decisive contribution of new coach Stefan Edberg, Federer put up a silent, but still impressive climb in the rankings, from the number 8 of January to the current number 3.
Nadal's injury and Djokovic's marriage, along with a better assimilation of the short rally strategy suggested by Stefan, have made things a little easier for him in the last month.
In the current race, Roger is 1,270 points behind Novak Djokovic and 490 behind Rafael Nadal, but the Spaniard already called himself out of the US Open due to a wrist injury that also prevented him to take part in the recent 1,000 events in Toronto and Cincinnati.With a good (very good...) US Open, the Swiss could overtake Nadal and aim at stretching his record 302 weeks at the top of the ranking, plus (who would have ever said it...) close the season as world number one for the sixth time in his career, equalling Pete Sampras.
A similar situation already occurred in 2012, when, after winning Wimbledon, Roger came back to the top of the rankings for a short time, winning general disbelief. One of the few who were sure that such event could actually happen was... Stefan Edberg.
The relatively fast surfaces from now to the end of 2014 should help Federer, but, should he even "fail" the task, the fact that this "fantasy circumstance" can just be considered after eight months of this season is already a huge success for him and Stefan.
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