Hi guys, I’ve been really busy of late so I’m sorry I couldn’t make more posts during the Olympics. I just watched the highlights of the Del Potro match on Youtube and what a match that was. Roger being a break up in the deciding set and then losing it. Again being up 40-0 on the Del Potro serve and failing to convert. Finally winning 19-17 in the third set in 4 hours and 25 minutes. The tennis was of a very high quality and it must be one of the best matches of the year, even though just three sets. As usual it seems Roger’s old reliable serve swung things in his favor in this match. Then of course Murray beat Djokovic 7-5, 7-5 in the other semi.
I wasn’t sure what would happen with Murray after losing to Roger at Wimbledon in another slam final. I thought it was a positive loss for him but wasn’t sure whether he would slump again. But apparently he saw it as a positive too as he beat Djokovic and Roger to win the gold medal. In the final he pretty much destroyed Roger, just judging from the score as I couldn’t find any highlights. I did see the post match interview however and from the looks of things Roger was emotionally drained in the final. Not to take anything away from Murray, who I am very happy for. I felt bad for him after the Wimbledon final.
So really I didn’t feel too bad about this loss from Roger. He can’t win everything folks, especially at 30 years of age. The important thing is that he bagged the big one at Wimbledon. The gold medal would have been the cherry on top but I’m not gonna lose any sleep over it. Like I said, I’m happy for Murray for whom this is now the highlight of his career so far. He has been playing well of late and I like the fact that he is improving. I never liked Murray but since the beginning of this year I changed my attitude towards him and he is now starting to catch up with the top three. He still hasn’t win a slam though, which is another matter altogether.
The Olympics have become more prestigious of late but it’s still nothing compared to the slams. It’s not even up there with the Masters Cup. I mean you have guys like Rosset and Massu who have won Olympic gold. Guys some of you have probably not even heard of. It would have been nice if Roger won it this year. It was probably his best chance and it would have been extra special at Wimbledon. But he still won the silver and has an Olympic gold anyway. In the final he was not quite there mentally and physically after an emotional tournament for him. It started off with the match against Falla in the first round and then the semi with Del Potro.
It seems the quarter final with Isner was tough as well. But mainly the Del Potro match must have tired him out before the final. I didn’t think it would, but having seen the highlights and the duration of the match it must have taken it’s toll. And lets not sell Murray short, he must have played very well. This week Toronto started and Roger withdrew from the event, which is a good decision. Nadal won’t be playing either, so probably Djokovic or Murray will win it. It looks like Roger will remain #1 for the US Open however. If Djokovic wins both Toronto and Cincy, which is highly unlikely to happen, then Roger has to make the final of Cincy to remain #1.
If Djokovic makes one final and wins one of the two events, Roger only needs to make the quarters of Cincy, which is pretty much guaranteed. If Djokovic makes to finals, then Roger remains #1 regardless of what his result is in Cincy. So the chances of Roger not being #1 at the US Open seems very slim indeed. The fact that he is skipping Toronto doesn’t affect his preparation for the all important US Open in the least either. He is on such a high at the moment that one tournament is more than enough preparation. I like his chances in Cincy too. I think he wins it again, although Djokovic and Murray will be tough opposition.
And lets not forget Del Potro, who could be a big factor in his favorite North American hard court stretch again. And last but not least, today is Roger’s 31st birthday! Thanks GOAT for all the memories and triumphant moments. May there be many more to come!