Those of you who read my The Roundabout Rebound post will know that I was looking forward to today’s Wimbledon Men’s Singles Championship match between Roger Federer and Andy Murray with more than a little trepidation. Hell, if truth be told, despite my belief that Roger Federer is THE best tennis player in the history of the sport, I feared this “old veteran vs. young stud” match-up would end up as they almost always do – with the younger man winning and the older man looking just that: old.
And, in the beginning, it looked like that’s exactly how things would play out, with Murray winning the first set in convincing fashion. But then something happened – something that, to fans like me, seemed damned near miraculous. Now I know some will say that the rain delay at the beginning of the second set robbed Andy of his momentum. Some others will say that the conditions on Centre Court with the roof closed favored Roger Federer. Others might even say that all the slips and falls Murray experienced left him too hurt to move as well as he had at the start of the match.
But for huge Federer fans like me, longing for the “tennis racket maestro” and the “Baryshnikov of the courts” to amaze them once again, what we saw was what exactly what we hoped to see – Roger Federer stepping it up like no other man can!
Federer Wins In Four Sets: 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4,
Tying The Pete Sampras Record Of 7 Wimbledon Championships,
And Reaching #1 In The World Rankings Once Again!
As happy as I am that Federer won though, I’m almost as sad that Murray wasn’t able to. I just hope he doesn’t take the loss to heart the way Andy Roddick seems to have after losing to Federer in 2009, in what may have been the greatest match I’ve ever seen and, by far, the best match Roddick has ever played.
Murray has to keep in mind just how far he has come on the road towards being a great champion himself. Hell, he broke a 74 year drought in British play at Wimbledon just by making it to the final match, and, IMHO, he’s still got the best chance of any Brit I’ve seen of breaking the now 77 year drought since they last won it all. So buck up Andy, you’ve earned my respect and then some!
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Congratulations Again To Roger Federer.
You’ve more than earned a place in the My Heroes hall of fame!
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