Charlie Bertsch (cbertsch) wrote,
Charlie Bertsch
cbertsch

The Greatest

The first tennis match I watched with complete focus was the famous Björn Borg victory over John McEnroe at Wimbledon. That one still ranks as the best one I've ever seen, because their respective styles of play led to so many long rallies and beautiful shots. I missed much of last year's rain delay-prolonged epic in which Rafael Nadal defeated Roger Federer, but what I saw came very close to that match. Today's contest between Roger Federer and Andy Roddick was of a different order, given the dominance of both men's service game. But it was remarkably well played and developed, over the course of that astonishingly long final set, the sort of tension that the Borg-McEnroe tiebreaker provided. I'm so glad I was woken up in time to watch it. I was pulling for Roddick, but I knew that I'd be happy if Federer won. He's a truly remarkable champion, with a feathery touch of incomparable precision. In the end, though, I think it was the onset of early-evening shadows that gave him the edge he needed to prevail. He couldn't have asked for a better mach in which to stake his claim to the title of greatest men's player ever.
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