What a great Wimbledon! An incredible two weeks, match after match. I listened to a number of them on Wimbledon radio on the computer. Really fun to listen to the Brit commentators. Very even-handed folks, even when their guy Andy Murray was losing to Andy Roddick. The accents, points of view and language were definitely not American. There was even a woman calling the men’s semis. Wouldn’t have happened on American TV.
On the women’s side, I’d have preferred having Venus win. And how do Venus and Serena end up at the top when they play way fewer matches than anyone else? Which is exactly why Serena holds the Slam titles, but Dinara Safina is Number 1 on the world. Dinara just works harder – Serena perhaps works smarter. But she won’t get to be Number 1 that way.
It was also wonderful on Sunday to hear the British crowd supporting our Andy, since theirs was no longer in the tournament.
Last year’s final with Roger and Rafa was painful, awful, dreadful – and perhaps the greatest ever played. The painful etc. part is because I’m a Roger fan.
I have long been a Roddick fan, too – so today’s match was painful and stupendous all at the same time. I wish there had been two trophies. That silly little dish Andy got just seemed like a joke. It’s easy to forget that, pre-Federer, Andy won the US Open and was Number 1 in the world. If there were no Roger, Andy would have 3 or 4 Grand Slam titles. He clearly belonged out there today.
And this match has to be among the top 10 ever played. So much history, so many records fell during that amazing match. This was not Roger at his most artistic, but at his most determined. Long Live the King!