Roger Federer, of course, is tops in my book.? And it has been incredible these last few weeks to watch him be at the top again.? He is magic on the tennis court.? And the total opposite of Rafael Nadal, who is my friend Diane’s favorite player.? One glides, the other crushes – each is a master.? Rafa right now has major knee issues.? It seems unlikely he will be able to play to Roger’s ripe old age of 31.
My second favorite is Andy Murray, who was unaccountably flat at the W&S Open (as Roger was against him in the gold medal match at the Olympics)? this week, and lost to Jeremy Chardy.? The Wimbledon match Roger won was perfection.? And there was perfect karma and justice in Andy’s gold.
Andy Roddick is a player I’ve always loved.? If Roger had not existed, Andy would have a number of Grand Slam titles instead of only one.? It seems time for Andy to leave playing behind now – but that can be such a hard call for players to make.
Before all of that, I was an Andre Agassi fan – not a supporter of Pete Sampras.
And before all that, a thousand years ago – my first sports favorite was Oscar Robertson, and then Muhammed Ali.