Friday, July 2, 2010

One More!

Rafael Nadal reaches the Wimbledon final....

Nadal defeats No. 4 Andy Murray (6-4, 7-6, 6-4) in the semifinals and will face No. 12 Tomas Berdych in the finals. Berdych is on a fairy tale run. He disposed of No. 1 Roger Federer in the quarterfinals and took care of No. 3 Novak Djokovic in the semifinals. Now he looks to pull the hat trick and take care of No. 2 Nadal in the finals. It would be a monumental accomplishment for the young man from the Czech Republic.

But like in the French Open, it looks like Rafa is on a mission....

And something tells me, there is no stopping the Spaniard.

And then there's Andy Murray....

For the second straight year he loses in the semifinals. And poor Andy has the weight of an entire nation on his shoulders. And not just any nation-- the home nation, who hasn't had a Wimbledon champion in 74 years. The last Briton to win the home tournament was Fred Perry way back in 1936. In fact, no Briton has even made the finals since Henry "Bunny" Austin in 1938.

If I'm not mistaken, since 1938, British players are now 0-10 in Wimbledon semifinals, including Murray (0-2). So Andy Murray must have been under enormous pressure.

But nonetheless, Murray is only 23, he's ranked 4th in the world and still is England's best hope. Good luck next year.

But this year the stage belongs to Rafa Nadal-- and I'm sure he's loving it!

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