Well, that was quite a final, wasn’t it? Another five set classic on Centre Court, starring Roger Federer and a more than capable opponent in Novak Djokovic. Nole was stirred by the moment, but unshaken in the end, winning it: 6-7, 6-4, 7-6, 5-7, 6-4.
I’m a bit spent, as I’m sure most of you are. Maybe Roger and Nole are feeling it a little bit, as well. That fourth set! That fourth set! Even if you are a very disappointed Fed Fan right now (who, me?), that fourth set should have reminded you of just how great Roger is and just why we love to watch him play. No one knows if Roger will ever be in a Major final again, and though this championship trophy sure would have been a nice way to cap things off, his gritty performance is something to build from. Roger said he’d be back next year, so why not see this match as a stepping stone? Whether you’re Roger Federer or Eugenie Bouchard, you just got to keep believing, right?
Novak played a beautiful match, both serving and returning, and made a beautiful speech at the end. Can you imagine – win Wimbledon, get married, have a baby? No wonder we all, Roger included, shed a few tears with him in the end. If you’re going to break a semi-drought of Major titles, this was the way to do it!
The ladies’ final was quite a bit less dramatic, but no less intense. Petra Kvitova’s 6-3, 6-0 victory over Eugenie Bouchard yesterday, in less than an hour, was breathtaking. Petra played with such relentless power and focus, I hardly noticed who was across the net. Which is saying something, considering Bouchard’s reputation as the second coming of Masha. Petra was a player possessed, and it was an honor to watch her claim what was hers.
Rufus would definitely approve.
Props of course to Vasek Pospisil and Jack Sock for winning their first tournament together at Wimbledon, against the Bryan brothers no less. Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci completed their team career slam with a victory over Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic. Sam Stosur and Nenad Zimonjic are currently contesting the mixed doubles final against Max Mirnyi and Hao-Chin Chan.