To the ESPN commentators: Pfffffffffffffffffttttttttttttttt!
That’s the sound of my lips smacking together in a derisive Bronx cheer. Andy Murray doesn’t have to do anything special to beat Roger Federer in a big match? Roger doesn’t have the FIREPOWER to match Andy’s?? Roger will have to play out of his mind just to have a chance???
I repeat: Pfffffffffffffffffttttttttttttttt!
No offense to Andy Murray, who has proven himself to be a real contender for any big title on the calendar, but it seems strange that people need to be reminded that Roger Federer won the same amount of Major titles in 2012 as Andy Murray’s won in his entire career. Roger’s been No. 1 for 300ish more weeks than Andy Murray and has held the World Tour Finals title six times to Andy’s zero. Yet for much of the first set, the commentators were acting like the Swiss was more Janko “just glad to be here” Tisparevic than say, oh, Roger Federer. As I’m sure Andy Murray would tell anyone, including Brad Gilbert: underestimate this man at your peril.
This was a great match at times, with both Andy and Roger playing a thrilling mix of aggressive, first strike tennis and tricky shots. Fed fans enjoyed the added treats of watching Roger fight back from a scratchy start to take the first set in a tie breaker, and winning the second set with some decisive net play.
Murray vs. Federer felt short and sweet – a cherry topper for the first semifinal, which featured a gritty comeback from World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, who beat Juan Martin Del Potro from a set and a break down: 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.
“I had a little, let’s say, a crisis from four-all in the first set to two-all in the second,” Djokovic explained (via The Guardian), “where I didn’t feel so good on the court, struggling to find my momentum and my rhythm.
“Also, when mentally you’re not confident and you’re not in control of the match, your energy level drops. So I tried to be positive and push myself to fight for every point. I always believe I can come back.”
Nole may have put a stop to Del Potro’s late season surge, but the big Argentine has established himself as a top contender Down Under after a couple seasons of false starts and disappointments. It’s fun to have him back in the mix.
Even more fun: A Federer vs. Djokovic finale to 2012. Though each of the Big Four have won a Major title this season, it’s been Nole and Fed jockeying for No. 1 position, making this a fitting way to wrap up the year. Djokovic has already locked up the top ranking, but the showdown still feels important. Why? Because Old Man Fed remains as relevant and as threatening as ever.
All together, now: Pfffffffffffffffffttttttttttttttt!