Friday, July 1, 2011

Wimbledon: No. 1 vs. No. 1

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Well folks, the dream match-up we've all been waiting for has materialized--

Defending champion and current World No. 1 Rafael Nadal will take on new World No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon Final. This will be, by far, the biggest match of the decade as the dawning of a new era has begun in men's tennis.

Today, Nadal broke the hearts of the British empire by disposing of World No. 4 Andy Murray 5-7, 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 in their semifinal match. The crowd had reasons to hope when Murray won the first set but Nadal steamrolled through the next 3 sets to easily beat the Briton and take all the air out of the deflated crowd. So for the 75th year in a row there will be no British champion at the All England Club.

Murray has now lost in the semifinals for 3 consecutive years (2009, 2010, 2011) at Wimbledon.

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As for Rafa, he now goes to the final seeking to defend his title and win his third Wimbledon crown overall. If he wins, it'll also be his 11th overall Grand Slam title.

For Djokovic, he will wake up Monday morning as the new World No. 1 but it would be (somewhat) bittersweet if he doesn't have the Wimbledon title to go with it. Yes, being No. 1 is great, but in the business of tennis you are measured by how many Grand Slam titles you win and Djokovic knows that.

So no doubt there is a lot at stake in this match-up for both Rafa and Novak.

GOOD LUCK to both men!

Finally, a quick word on Andy Murray--

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Personally, I think it's UNFAIR that Great Britain's near-century drought in Grand Slam titles is put on Murray's shoulders. It's not his fault that he's the only great player the country has produced in recent times. Why should it all depend on him? I'm sure if there were others competing for championships, Murray would probably play with a lot less stress knowing that if he can't do it for his country, someone else could.

But no.

Right now, besides Murray, there isn't even another British player in the Top 100. It's Andy or bust for Great Britain.

So let's go easy on Andy, soon-or-later, he will win one. No doubt.

To be continued....

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