After slightly better than dismal performance in his past two clay tournament, Roger Federer's fans are probably praying aloud for him to win a title and restore not just his faith, but their faith in him as well.
So far he's doing fine in Estoril, a much smaller tournament that Federer started to play a few years back. He won his first round with a 6-3 6-4 win over Bjorn Phau of Germany. Federer said afterward that it was "a very important match for me", rightly so. With Rafael Nadal quickly reminding people that he is the ultimate king of clay, Roger must be thinking in the back of his mind he must beat Nadal before feeling legitimate and superior. Although many said winning the French last year has closed all doubts that Roger is the best ever, I believe deep down Roger also believe that he has to beat Nadal on caly at Roland Garros, so let's see what happens this year.