Sunday, July 06, 2008

Vamos Rafa!

Listening to: nothing

Undeniably the best tennis match I have ever seen. Arguably one of the best tennis matches the world has ever seen. Undeniably two of the best tennis players I have ever seen. Arguably two of the best tennis players the world has ever seen. And thankfully, at least one of my hopes was realised.

Wimbledon would not be Wimbledon without rain delays, and well there'd clearly been far too much sunshine this year, so the gentlemen's final had to have not one, not two, but three rain delays.

Roger Federer is possibly one of the greatest tennis players ever, and for someone who hadn't dropped a single set all the way up to the final, losing in straight sets just wasn't an option now, was it? And so we had the third set tie-break. And the fourth set tie-break. And thanks to Rafa missing his first two Championship Points, a fifth set. But it was Rafa's day, and he managed to turn the fifth set into a contest of 'who could hold serve the longest'. The winner was Rafael Nadal.

6-4, 6-4, 6-7(5-7), 6-7(8-10), 9-7. What an epic. I had my fingers and toes crossed for pretty much the entire match. I am knackered, but extremely happy. Commiserations to Roger Federer, who I think is still the best player in the world. Congratulations to Rafael Nadal, who has shown that he is a winner not just on clay, and that he is improving his grass court performance with every match he plays. And hats off to them both, for providing us with such an entertaining final, and for being such great sportsmen, both on and off the court.

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