Wimbledon 2009 is in the books and, it certainly did not disappoint. The tournament had a great blend of the expected, and unexpected which kept me glued to the television day after day.
There was a fortnight full of stories this year, some great matches. There was the epic Serena vs. Dementieva semi-final or the Murray vs. Wawrinka 5 setter in the 4th round. There were certainly some great headliners this tournament: the roof was used for the first time ever, the resurgence of Llyeton Hewitt and Tommy Haas, the coming out party for 17-year-old American Melanie Oudin. The list goes on and on, but let’s be serious, there was only one true headline that people will take away from this tournament: Men’s Final: Federer vs. Roddick.
To no one’s surprise, Roger Federer won Wimbledon. The surprise was the manner in which he won it. He was rolling through all his opponents leading up to the final. He was 18-2 versus Roddick. This was his surface and this was his tournament to lose. Most everyone expected a straight set trouncing. I know I did. Apparently, Roddick didn’t get the memo.
I was never a huge Andy Roddick fan. And after reading multiple posts on our Talk Tennis Message Board, it seemed like I wasn’t the only one.
7-6, 6-7, 6-7, 6-3, 14-16. 14-16?! 14-16?! 14-16?! OK, I think 3 repetitions is enough.
Combine that score with the gracious speech he gave afterward and I think he just earned himself some new fans. He showed me heart, drive, determination and skill that I’ve never seen before. Where did he get that running backhand passing shot? ebay? What about the serve and volleying or the touch volleys? Federer knows all too well what I’m talking about. Call me crazy, but if Roddick would’ve not missed that volley at 6-5 in the 2nd set tiebreaker, I think he would’ve won in 4 sets. That’s right, I said it.
I feel for him, he left it all out on the court and pushed the greatest player of his generation to the brink. He was broken only once, unfortunately, it was for championship point. No one could’ve predicted this scoreboard. Not even Roddick.
The US Open is just around the corner and after this epic performance he’ll have some new fans pulling for him. I know I will be.
What about our office pool? Who won it? If you ask me, I won it, afterall, I had both Roddick and Venus. But, at the end of the day, we were picking champions, not finalists. Like Ricky Bobby says, “If you’re not first, you’re last.” So to the winners go the spoils, which means Chris and Kana have some adult beverages coming their way.
Till next time,