Monday, July 7, 2008

Wimbledon Final

Many words in many columns today have been spent lauding yesterday's Wimbledon final between Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer. I'm not sure adding this post will add anything to the greater ether, but that being said...

What a great match. I'm no tennis buff nor am I old enough to have seen the great Borg-McEnroe matches of the late 70s and early 80s. But this had to be tennis at its finest. The gracefulness and intensity of Roger Federer and the pure athleticism and artistry of Nadal were the perfect foils, as they have been in previous finals in this very tournament. But what pushed this over the top was the fact that the fifth set was first of all needed and second, went all the way to 9-7. While I was unabashedly supporting Federer in the match, I'm glad that it ended when it did. The worst thing that could have happened to that match would've been to keep going to 9-9 or further in the fifth and have it postponed until today due to darkness. There would've been much lost having the guys sleep on it and finish it today.

So, here's to tennis, for giving us a real reason to watch the men's side. It's not often that tennis would be the first sport to mind, even this time of year.

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