Before I get to the final I just want to clear something up about my last post. After watching the highlights of that match, I knew something was off about the 4th set. The highlights never showed that Roger was broken at 5-5 and that Murray was serving for the match! Pretty pathetic highlight package. After being reminded of what happened by a reader, I remembered seeing Roger broken at 5-5. At this point, my eyelids were so heavy that I gave up. I went to sleep. I guess I figured that it was the end and I wasn’t very interested in seeing it. I then woke up again in the 5th set to find that Roger broke back at 5-6, and then won the tie-break. Amazing! Unfortunately, he had nothing left in the 5th and I watched as Murray broke for a second time at 5-2 to win the match. I wish I could see the part where Roger broke back in the 4th set, as well as the tie break.
That was a pretty heroic effort from Roger to win the 4th set, even though he lost the match. It emphasizes the difference between Roger 2.0 and Roger 3.0: Passion. Roger 3.0 goes all out. He leaves it all out there on the court. There are no regrets at the end of the day because he gave it his all. At 5-6 and Murray serving, he may as well have thrown in the towel and checked out. But that is just not how Roger 3.0 operates. He sets a great example in the sense that he goes all out and leave no room for regrets. If only we can live our lives that way we would never have any regrets. I came back to this because I left it out in my last post and it was a very important point in the match. I don’t like to miss things in my posts because this is Ruans Federer Blog 2.0 and I like to go all out too. With that out of the way let me get to the men’s final.
Bravo Mr. Djokovic, bravo
It seems a lot of people were disappointed with the final. From what I saw on the highlights it didn’t look bad. But highlights don’t tell the full story of course. It is, after all, the best parts of the match. Djokovic and Murray have very similar styles, and that never makes for the best match ups. It doesn’t mean it’s not interesting. As a true tennis fan, I still appreciate their matches. But it’s not like Federer/Djokovic or Sampras/Agassi. Their styles don’t compliment each other because it is the same. Murray won the first set in a tie-break and that must have had people on the edge of their seats. The semi-final last year between Djokovic and Murray was a classic after all. But when Djokovic won the second set in another tie-break, Murray was all but a beaten man. Djokovic ran through the next two sets and won 6-7(2), 7-6(3), 6-3, 6-2.
The match against Roger simply had to have an effect on Murray. You don’t beat Roger when he is playing that well and not come out of the battle without pains and bruises. So yes, I think Roger did Djokovic favor. And of course Djokovic was fresh as a daisy after destroying Ferrer in his semi. If it was Nadal there it would have been another story. But I’m not complaining. Roger seems to be in a better state of mind when Nadal is not around, and I don’t mind Djokovic winning another Australian Open. It would have been nice if Roger won a record 5th title in Melbourne and Djokovic was still stuck on 3, but it wasn’t to be. Djokovic is just the king of plexicushion. If it was still the green surface Roger might have won this year, not to mention other years as well. He would have for sure have won at least 1 or 2 more.
Pinkerer will be missed
But times change and things have slowed down. It is just how it goes. A few years back the likes of Sampras and Ivanisevic were contesting Wimbledon finals, with the average rally probably being between 2-3 shots long. Now it is the age of the baseline grinders and long baseline rallies are the order of the day. It doesn’t exactly favor Roger, but he is so adaptable that he is still at the every top of the game. Well, that’s a wrap from me. Despite the final not exactly being a classic, I still felt this was a very exciting slam. From my perspective anyway. Roger played very well and all his matches were entertaining. There was the Djokovic/Wawrinka match and the Roger/Murray match, as well as several other five setters. As far as my blog goes I have made a good comeback. My blog stats and comments is back to where it was before I came to the US.
And that just after covering two weeks of tennis as Ruans Federer Blog 2.0. From here on I plan on making it bigger and better than it ever was. I didn’t call it Ruans Federer Blog 2.0 for nothing. Roger 3.0 is taking it to a new level and my blogging will follow suit. I am very excited for 2013 and I think it will be another great year for Roger and my blog. Let’s take this blog and our support of Roger to a new level!