What a glorious day. Nadal loses in the second round of Wimbledon after being taught a lesson in mental toughness. And amazingly I was able to watch the full last set, something that is a rare occurrence these days with my new job. I’m not gonna write a long post. I basically just wanted to share this moment with you and tomorrow I will try to watch Roger’s whole match and write a post about it. I was deeply impressed by Rosol today. Who is this guy?! Where does he come from?! It was the first time I ever saw him play. Unfortunately I couldn’t watch the whole match but what I heard from the commentators was that at the beginning of the match when Nadal was doing is usual jumping up and down by the net to intimidate his opponent, Rosol did the same thing.
Well hello?! I’ve been asking someone to do that for ages. And now some unknown journeyman comes along and shows the big boys how to do it. I mean really. How difficult can it be? You simply can’t allow Nadal to intimidate you if you want to beat him. You gotta lock into the mental warfare from the get go and show him that you are not scared. Rosol did that today and that is why he came out on top. It’s easier said than done but it’s not like you are going to jail if you do it, is it? Nadal was of course up to all his old tricks to try and disrupt Rosol, but Rosol wasn’t phased in the least. He really showed everyone how it should be done, and that includes Roger. Ok maybe Roger is not that type of person, but it is still the way to beat Nadal.
Of course it was not just mental. Rosol still played incredible tennis. But without the mental side he would never have won. Many players get into the position to beat Nadal but then they are too scared to finish him off. There are abundant examples of this. For instance in 2010 when both Haase and Petzschner took Nadal to five sets at Wimbledon. They just didn’t have the balls to finish him off. Rosol won the first set and then won the next two sets. Nadal then cam back to win the forth set 6-2. He looked to have taken control of the match. Then there was a break because of bad light while the roof had to be closed. When they came back I felt Nadal was the clear favorite to win, since we have seen this plot play out time after time.
But Rosol broke right away in the first game and importantly consolidated. It kept going according to serve until 5-4 where Rosol would serve for the match. I didn’t even think he would choke because of the way he was playing. I mean he was deep in the zone and totally calm. He then proceeded to hold serve at love. Amazing. He had beaten probably the favorite for the title under huge pressure. I mean Nadal was doing his usual cheating, making the server wait which is against the rules. He even complained about Rosol’s breathing(can you believe it?) and bumped into him on purpose on a changeover. I mean there are no limits to the depths this Spaniard will sink just to win.
It was disgusting behavior by a disgusting human being. After this match you feel like there is a God and that justice prevailed for once. It was a huge victory not only for Fedfans, but for the tennis community as a whole. For once a hero stood up and said up to here and no more. Rosol was incredible, blasting winners from every angle relentlessly. I gained massive respect for the guy today. I hope this boosts his career and he goes on to be a top ten player. He certainly has the potential. The big thing is that Nadal loses a huge amount of points now after making the final last year. He drops to #3 in the rankings after Wimbledon, making the GOAT #2 again.
Amazing. This is how unpredictable tennis is. You just never know what can happen. Roger is now big time in the hunt for number one. I haven’t even gotten to Roger yet. He has been looking amazing in his first two rounds, destroying both Ramos and Fognini. In stark contrast to the French Open I feel very positive about his chances at the All England Club. It’s like night turned into day. And unfortunately many Fedfans became very negative after Roger’s French Open performance. They were starting to write him off. It’s unfortunate that Roger has such fans. Fedfans are some of the worst fans in tennis. They are spoiled brats.
I will be hated once again for making such comments but I am just speaking the truth. Roger doesn’t deserve such fickle fans. If my comments doesn’t bother you then you know you are one of the good fans. If it does bother you then you may need to do some introspection. And if you leave a comment to this post saying that you are offended, then you know for sure that you are one of the bad fans. I tried to tell you guys over and over that the French Open didn’t matter much, but I guess some people just think they always know better. Now all of a sudden everything looks bright again and all those fans that were writing Roger off is back on the bandwagon.
Roger now has a very good chance of winning this title. In fact to me he is the favorite. I just have a good feeling about all of this. Roger has been looking all business from the beginning and I think he will beat Djokovic here for sure. No Nadal to worry about, just Djokovic who needs to be taught a lesson in grass court tennis. Of course the courts slow down in the second week but I still like Roger’s chances. I think he is destined to win #17 here folks. The stars seemed to have aligned with his draw and now Nadal’s loss. Only Djokovic is standing in his way now. I don’t see Murray as a threat.
Let me just say thank you here to all my readers who have stayed loyal and commented while I was away. Thanks Dave for saying you need your fix from my blog. These kind of comments mean a lot to me. You guys are awesome and I will do what I can to keep blogging. RF forever.