Wow, well I picked a bad day to leave for vacation! (And we just figured out how to get the wifi to work. . .)
So I am in no position to recap what some are calling the weirdest day in Wimbledon history. Roger out. Roger’s major quarterfinal streak nipped at an unbelievable 36 in a row. Maria out. Withdrawals and retirements galore (setting a record for the most in one day of a Major.) I can only read, absorb and ask: What the hell?
I feel like the Tennis Gods have been feeding us a diet of consistent, logical tennis for years now, with the top seeds mostly going about their business dominating the little guys, throwing in a few upsets here and there to keep us mumbling and occasionally picking on us Roger fans with those close ones against Benneteau. Even Rafa’s first round loss to Darcis made some kind of sense within the general framework of a champion slumping after scaling great heights.
I picture the T.G.’s coming down from their castle in the clouds above Wimbledon (is that what’s at the top of Murray Mound?) and laughing uproariously in all of our shocked and bewildered faces: This is what happens when we really get going, silly mortals.
Since I didn’t watch Roger’s undoing live (I’m curious, was it enjoyable from a non-partisan standpoint?) I can only surmise that Sergiy Stakhovsky underlined what we were talking about with Nadal a couple days ago – grass is still different. I’m glad it was a serve and volley prone player like Stakhovsky who finally took Roger out before the quarterfinals of a Major, especially at the one Major where the serve and volley style supposedly holds some kind of advantage.
Not to dwell to much on Roger – I mean who was expecting Maria to lose 6-3, 6-4 to Michelle Larcher De Brito? – but I found much to buoy my Fed Fan spirits in these assorted comments:
From Wimbledon’s live blog: “You know how stunned you’re feeling that Roger Federer has gone out of Wimbledon? Triple it and you’re about where Federer seems to be right now. He looks pained, shocked, devastated…times a million.”
From Roger: “I wish [the 36 quarter-finals] were not going to end here but I have no choice other than to accept it and move on. It doesn’t feel like the end of an era for me because I still have plans to play for many more years to come. Some finals haven’t hurt this much. At least having lost I didn’t have to go through a trophy ceremony with this one.”
And from Sergiy: “Magic. Beating Roger on his court where he is a legend is special. He’s the greatest player, the biggest name, and a decent man everyone admires. I couldn’t play any better. I played my best tennis and still it was almost not enough to beat Roger Federer.”
So tell me more about this weird, wild and worrible Wednesday at Wimbledon!