So my friend Diane and I had a sleepover last night – I went to her house at 10 p m, went to sleep right after the Miss Marple movie was over. We got up at 3:30 a m- to watch the 7:30 p m Sunday evening Australian time men’s tennis final.
And watched Roger Federer tame a red-hot Scot, Andy Murray – whose aggression and accuracy had been on full display against world number 2 Rafael Nadal just a couple of days ago. Roger just put the lid on all that energy, and Andy played fairly lackadaisical tennis in losing the first two sets. He made a real comeback in the third set – but not quite enough. The score was Federer 6-3, 6-4 and 7-6 (13-11). That tiebreaker was just terrific.
Roger makes it look easy because he’s already put in the hard work, the strategic thinking. He loves to win against the top guys, and really doesn’t much like easy matches. He appreciates Andy’s talent – as he told him in the trophy presentation. But he wills those wins. Tennis is all about working out, practicing, repetition (true in any discipline, whether physical, mental or spiritual). But once you’re out there – it’s all about the outcome you see, focus on, choose.
Roger is the Greatest of All Time – great physical gifts, great mental focus. Wow!