The odds makers have declared it a toss up, and I’ve chosen to agree with them. If I admitted how I’m really feeling, I couldn’t call myself a Fed fan anymore. Real fans don’t give up on their favorites, do they? So let’s just say I’ll be tossing and turning the next couple of nights, waiting for this match to be over.
Here’s why it’s so damn close:
RAFA: Rafa has been tearing it up on grass, looking about as vulnerable as he does on clay. Last year at Wimby, he played two tricky five-setters against Youzhny and Soderling, revealing some soft spots in his grass court game. This year, he’s only lost one set – to hot handed Ernests Gulbis – and whipped his previous nemesis, Youzhny, in straights 6 – 3 , 6 – 3 , 6 – 1 . So yeah, his grass court game has improved. And he almost won last year. And he destroyed Roger physically and mentally in the French Open final just a few weeks ago, giving him a huge mental advantage on Sunday.
So why is this a toss up again?
ROGER: Grass is his surface, Wimbledon is his homeland. He’s in fine form, winning the Halle tune-up without losing his serve. At Wimbledon, he hasn’t lost a set so far and has been broken once. His serve is looking better than ever and that was the key to beating Rafa last year. Only Roger knows how much fortitude and confidence he holds inside. He believes in Roger Federer (and I’m not talking RF logos!).
I still don’t feel much better. To be honest, I’m scared to watch. Does anyone else feel this way, or am I the wimpiest Fed fan ever? Please share! Judging from my unscientific poll, there are a lot of Roger believers out there.