Is anyone else ready to go to church and worship at the altar of Gasquet and Murray? I’m praying that in a couple years, these two are taking the places of Nadal and Federer as the most dynamic and exciting guys on the ATP tour (and what a wonderful rivalry that would be!) As long as Roger gets his 15, I’m perfectly happy seeing these two “young guns” play against one another on any given Sunday.
Speaking of Roger, these two players have the most exciting all court games since Mr. GOAT himself. I got goosebumps watching their fifth set, and seeing the fight, the nerve, the on court guile and touch that both players displayed. Can’t every tournament be Wimbledon, and can’t every player be as great as these two young stars?
Gasquet got some payback for stealing that match from Andy Roddick last year, but his play throughout this match was gorgeous and, more important, he fought like a heavyweight (third set choke or not). Andy Murray is showing a level of skill and grit that I never thought we’d see in a British player, especially a sour egg like Murray. The British crowd was stellar – nuts for Murray, but respectful of the Frenchman. (Bonjour, French fans! Take a friggin’ hint!)
One big time complaint: as a West coast viewer, I could not tune in until the third game of the fifth set! I was fast forwarding through repeats of Sportscenter-like news (literally, the same footage over and over) when the TIVO said I should be watching live tennis. It was painful, since I knew I was missing a great match. Chris Fowler even apologized to all of us westerners, saying “it’s tough to be a west coast tennis fan” and that various “contracts and embargoes” kept us from seeing the match from the beginning. WHY???
So do you think Murray has anything left in the tank for Nadal? Will Nadal’s bum knee be the story of the match? Or is Nadal going to steamroll?
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