Monday, June 09, 2014

Postcard From Roland Garros

Not a whole lot to say about this weekend's French Open finals. Maria Sharapova is one hell of a competitor, but I've never felt less about a champion than I have about her. Don't love her, don't hate her. She's just fine. As for Rafael Nadal, well, it's hard not to be in awe. As much as I wanted Novak Djokovic to win, Nadal was just too good. Nine French Open titles -- he's now tied Pete Sampas on the all-time Grand Slam list, and will now undoubtedly surpass Roger Federer -- is truly unbelivable. And as for Nole, he's in some very good company of champions who have never struck gold in Paris. On to Wimbledon!


Anonymous said...

I'd luv to see Rafa get a crew cut so he could break his pre-serve OCD rituals. That said, if he passes Roger it'll be because he wins more French Opens. He doesn't have enough time to recover from the French to be strong enough for Wimbledon and his knees won't hold up for the US.

Did you know that he and Roger are the exact same hight and weight???

Anonymous said...

I'm thinking that Eugenie Bouchard will be my new WTA inspiration.

Nirgal said...

Well, in 2008 he won both the French Open and Wimbledon. In 2013 he won both the French Open and the US, and in 2010 he won all three, so I wouldn't count him out so easily.

(That said, I'll happily admit that he's more of a specialist than Roger.

Mike in Asheville said...

We tennis fans have truly been spoiled with the remarkable talents of Roger, Rafa and Nole. It has been an amazing ride of individual record breaking. While there are more records to be broken, these glory days are winding down.

From what we have seen from the remainder of the field, it looks like there will be a return of a more diverse field for the top -- none of the others have shown they can claim number one and sustain holding the top year-over-year as the current trio has.

Certainly Murray, Del Porto and Stan have the ability, and upcomers Gulbis, Dimitrov and Raonic will have their chances.

It will be quite different than the last 10 years, and that is probably a good thing for tennis.