Monday, September 12, 2011

Winning... Nadal vs. Djokovic

Djokovic Accepts
Okay, so the outcome wasn't quite what I'd hoped for, but the tennis was over-the-top spectacular. Last year's US Open champion, Rafael Nadal, couldn't defend against Novak Djokovic, in a rematch that had spectators off their feet. There is nothing like a looooooong point, and several brought stroke numbers into the twenties. There was even a thirty-something point. Jeesh! Sure I like power serves; but rallies are where it's at, for fun spectating. 

From Rafa, no smiles till match point...
Concentrated game faces belie the mutual admiration and friendship enjoyed by these young athletes. No histrionics, when scores go awry. No rude, offensive outbursts aimed at umpires... just legal challenges, with outcomes quietly accepted. Class personified. And eloquence at speech-time, in this reversal of first and second places. Congratulations to a worthy champion.
"I'm disappointed, but Novak is doing
unbelievable things. What he did this year
is probably impossible to repeat." R. Nadal