Monday, 7 July 2008

The best is yet to come.....

It has been on the cards from the beginning. It was Rafael Nadal against Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final.

Both Poker faced, sparingly walking out onto Centre Court without a real challenge in the past two weeks. Both players always had the winning hand without the opposition having nothing in reply on the road to the final.

Pulling straights upon straights until they were matched. None of then were bluffing they both had the best hand.

So what was the outcome?

A full house witnessed the greatest game ever to grace the grass of Wimbledon.

They both produced marvellous hands.

It went five sets; it lasted four hours and forty-eight minutes with the outcome with Nadal winning the last set 9-7.

Nadal threw away two Championship points in the third set for Federer to win on a tie break, an amazing comeback from two sets down to make it go into the decisive set. A true champion performance but it was not to be.

They are too good, the level of tennis has stepped up a notch and it is up to the rest of the field to catch up. The world of tennis has now become an exciting two-way tie. Nadal against Federer. Federer against Nadal. These two will be the top two players in tennis for a generation without question. What an intriguing battle with have let us in for.

The tennis was astonishing, breath taking at times, it made me crave to stick on the whites, grab my racket and have a go, until I realised it was quarter to ten and I am fruitless.

Federer ruled the grass court as a dictatorship; he did not let anything go. A king almost, getting ever closer to Pete Sampras’ record. Five consecutive years of winning at SW19 is not effortless, the extraordinary thing is on his sixth year he looked and performed much a better player.

His serve was ruling, his passes were untouchable, always thinking two moves ahead with his much-developed positional play. He must have thought he had it in the bag.

Up stepped a youngster, a clay-court specialist who defeated him as he made striding improvements with a lethal backhand, the ability, more or less, to play both handed and collective spin on every shot he can do.

Nadal won Queens and the French open after humiliating Federer in a effortless straight set win, with the world champion only endearing four games.

It is advantage Nadal as he tries to scrape back points to accomplish that number one position.

Will I be too early in declaring a Federer versus Nadal final next year? Believe me; I would put all my chips on it.

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