Phew! Perhaps inspired by Djokovic, Roger Federer enjoyed his own five set thriller under the light of Rod Laver last night, eventually taking out the fleet and fit Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6(4) 4-6 7-6(4) 3-6 6-3. Roger’s booked a spot in his tenth consecutive AO semifinal (WOW!), where he’ll take on Andy Murray.
I was spared the drama of watching live. With a five week old infant around the house, I’m watching my sleep with the same precision that Novak Djokovic monitors his gluten intake. (Speaking of, Lorrie, I’m so jealous you have chocolate cake just hanging out at your house – well planned during Majors.) So during a 3am feed, I checked the score on my phone and saw that Roger won the third set tiebreak. Just enough reassurance to get me back in bed for another two hour block of shut eye. As much as I missed the excitement of watching a five setter live, with two of my favorite players competing, I admit it was a relief to check the scored in the morning and see that my nerves, and fingernails had been spared.
Not so fast – just like a newborn will light up the monitor with her cries just as you’ve rested your head on your pillow, we Fed fans jump from one worry to another. The victory was great, but what about Roger’s extended time on court, his failure to convert more than 4 of the 18 break chances he created against the Frenchman, and his wonky back, shrouded in that sleeveless tee shirt and perhaps the reason he scored only 6 aces in the match?And now he gets Murray, the new and improved, Gold Medal wearing, US Open trophy hoisting, offense loving Scot! What’s a Fed fan to do?
As for Roger: What, him worry?
“I’m young,” he joked after the match, “I’ll recover quickly.”
Yes, Roger, but will we?
So, how do you see this panning out, folks? And any thoughts on the Ferrer vs. Djokovic match?
UPDATE – Another 30 something doing well: actually, more like WOW. Li Na played beautiful tennis today versus Maria Sharapova to make it to her second AO final. It’s not that I thought she couldn’t win, but I was expecting one of those crazy, error-strewn brain benders of a match, not a 6-2 6-2 scoreline in Li’s favor. Carlos Rodriguez has earned his salary.