Wertheim Annoints Juju As 2006 Player Of The Year
A hypothetical question: Had Rafa won Wimbledon, both Rog and Rafa would each have won two Slams this year. Who would have been considered No. 1 then?
-- M. Lukacko, San Jose, Calif.
Tough one. Nadal has done an awful lot of losing since Wimbledon. On the other hand, not only would he have won the same number of Slams as Federer but he would have beaten him five out of five times, including twice in Grand Slam finals. Hmmm. Funny, but as it stands now, it's not even a conversation. Not only did Federer win three of the four majors, but his overall record is so vastly superior, he's a runaway No. 1.
Incidentally, several of you have asked who's our WTA 2006 MVP. I know I'll get a lot of disagreement here, but I have to go with Henin-Hardenne. Yes, she only won one major, and she didn't play many events and is not ranked No. 1. But I'm sold by her ability to win 25 matches in majors, reaching the final of each, particularly since Amelie Mauresmo had so many shaky results (the French Open loss; those bagels as the No. 1-ranked player) and since Sharapova had such a shaky clay season. If either Sharapova or Mauresmo wins in Madrid, I could be persuaded otherwise.