Thank God I was in a lazy mood at 10:45 this morning and decided to turn on the television – otherwise I’d have missed the men’s final! The first set was already over when I tuned in, and the amazing Nikolay Davydenko made short work of it from there.
Did anyone else feel an unexpected tinge of pure pleasure while watching Kolya play his last two matches? I’ve always loved his crisp footwork, but now there seems to be a little extra passion behind his shots as well. It’s Davy 2.0: new racquet, new strings and a (kinda) cleared reputation (or maybe it’s just a better team of lawyers.) Whatever it is, it’s working.
Roger, make sure you hold on tight to that Gillette contract, this guy’s playing for keeps!
Back to the television schedule – wasn’t the final supposed to be prime time? Did CBS actually listen to the tennis-genius Justin Gimelstob, who couldn’t shut up during the Roddick match about how disappointed the television executives would be if it turned out out to be a Nadal-Davydenko final? (Sorry, Justin, but it’s not your job to worry about the emotions of television executives.) It’s pretty insulting to the players to say “sorry, guys, you aren’t good enough for prime time.” In the interest of fairness, I’ll assume it was changed because of the threat of rain or because the players’ requested it. Still, the broadcasters have succeeded in spoiling this tournament for us fans. I never thought I’d say it, but I really miss ESPN!!!!
And now we can all take a deep breath before the clay season. Thank God, I really need a break from that Sony Ericsson commerical (shake it up, shake it up!)