Congrats to Stan the man. Hopefully after this result people will finally understand why I keep discouraging all the calendar slam talk, and at least wait until someone has won the first three slams of the year next time, which by the way hasn’t happened since 1969. But I suspect the calendar slam talk, at least on this blog, has a lot more to do with Fedfan bias than rational thinking. To expect that someone is going to win the calendar slam after they won the first two slams of the year is bad enough.
But to talk about it after winning just the first slam of the year is sheer paranoia. Anyway another big congrats to Stanimal for another immense performance today against the Djoker in the final as he won his second slam 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4. It’s not the result I preferred but I’m happy for Stan. He totally deserves it with the way he played and he proved everyone wrong who called him a one-slam wonder. He was unplayable throughout the tournament and not even the Djoker could stop him.
I feel like the Djoker deserved the title even more than Stan but you already knew that. He was the one who slayed the beast but in the end he was always up against it with his draw. He threw everything at Stan today but Stan in this mode is unplayable like I said. I thought the Djoker deserved the title also because of how close he has been over the years as opposed to Stan being in his first final here, but life isn’t fair and you don’t always get what you deserve. The main thing is that the Djoker gave it his all so he won’t have regrets.
What a man!
That’s the best you can do. And as usual he was extremely gracious and classy in defeat. He refused to feel sorry for himself and draw any attention to himself. It was only after the French crowd gave him a long standing ovation that he simply couldn’t keep the tears back any longer. I have tremendous respect for the courage he showed throughout the closing ceremony and I feel incredibly sorry for him. But I actually prefer to be a fan of someone who has so much strength in defeat than someone who wins all the time but shows no class in defeat.
The Djoker may not have won the career slam(yet) like Fedal, but he is in another league to them when it comes to handling defeat. He was hurting an awful lot after this loss but you could only notice it after the crowd wouldn’t stop cheering for him. Before that he was smiling, congratulating Stan, and trying not to draw any attention to himself. Now that is truly heroic. That incident made me admire the Djoker just as much as if he’d won today. Maybe even more, because life is not all about winning.
More important than winning even is how you deal with defeat, because everyone handles winning well. I don’t care how much Fedal have won really. They haven’t suffered the defeats the Djoker has in his life. They don’t know what it’s like to hide in their basements while their city is being bombed. They grew up very sheltered and don’t know the true meaning of defeat. They think losing a tennis match is the end of the world, but compared to war it’s a privilege. They live in a fantasy world that is far removed from reality.
Easily the most moving tennis photo I have ever seen
I have a feeling the Djoker(and Murray during that school shooting) have seen the true meaning of defeat and I respect what they have achieved more than Fedal. When you suffer big setbacks in your life it is that much harder to come out on top. So for me, personally, the Djoker is more inspirational than Roger ever was. I never cared much for his breakdown after the 2009 Australian Open final. It was a brutal loss but it was his own fault because he choked it away. At least the Djoker didn’t choke it away.
He was blasted off the court by brute force. And yet he was incredibly gracious and sportsmanlike in defeat. That is true strength. Knowing that losing a tennis match is not the end of the world. Knowing how privileged you are just to be out there. Being truly happy for your opponent and conceding the spotlight to him. I thought it was a nice gesture from the French crowd to give the Djoker such a long ovation anyway and I think after this defeat they will like him more and cheer him on more in coming years.
It was brutal to see how he tried to fight against the emotions but the crowd just kept cheering until he couldn’t hold it back anymore. That was really the highlight of the whole thing for me. That display of pure and raw emotion. I only recently became a serious fan of the Djoker and there are always things that make you doubt or put you off, but that display of emotion touched me and made me an even bigger fan. So if any of the Fedfans out there thought this loss would make me a biased Fedfanatic again, think again…
The is in your court.