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Old 07-06-2008, 06:33 PM   #76
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What a great match that was!



I loved Nadal climbing all-over the broadcast booth and the clock deck and everything. Really fucking cool. I have to admit to rooting for Fed, though.

I've watched Fed ruin a number of Roddick's bids for Grand Slam titles so I wanted to see him ruin Nadal's chance here, too. Oh well. They both deserved it.
Don't you have this backwards? Since Federer apparently ruined Roddick's bids for Grand Slam titles, as you say, wouldn't it make sense to root for Nadal to ruin Federer's bid for a sixth straight Wimbledon?
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Nah, I had it right.

Just my twisted logic, I guess.
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Lara - glad to see you're favouring the tennis over BB like me!
Yup

That was such a mint game. It was great to see Rafa win. Loved him going over to see his family and then Prince Felipe afterwards.
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It's the same "hatred" that successful athletes and teams such as Michael Schumacher, the New York Yankees and to a lesser degree Tiger Woods received in their heyday (Woods, of course, is still in his prime). I suppose people become tired of seeing the same people winning over and over. I know that people were rooting against Schumacher when he was in the midst of 5 consecutive Formula One drivers' championships whilst with Ferrari.
That, and for me all the "greatest ever" hype around Federer. It's good to see Nadal and maybe Djokovic later on giving some competition and excitement in the tennis. Great final/match yesterday - best probably since great rivalries of the past.

Another thing to consider about Borg: he had 11 titles but quit at the age of 26. He would have easily gone past Sampras' record 15 had he continued IMO.


On to US Open now.
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Old 07-07-2008, 03:40 AM   #80
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I definitely have never thought it was a weak era...Hewitt, Roddick, Nalbandian, Ancic, Murray, Gasquet...would honestly have supplied great competition for people in any era. Fed just raised the level of tennis to something completely new, which Nadal has been the only one able to reach that level with him. Federer is resposnible for making the sport better rather than worse. If you ever listen to McEnroe and Becker talk they honestly believe that the strength and depth to the mens game is probably the strongest it has ever been.

And unless namkcuR you are actually inside Federer's head, it would be impossible to know whether his humility is an act or not? Even if it is a conceit, the greatest player in the world for the past few years is still then tryin to keep himself grounded...hardly very arrogant. I'm just glad we have two guys at the top of the game who are genuinely nice guys.

Anyway greatest sporting final I have ever watched and as a Rafa fan. VAMOS!

Credit to both guys though for such an amazing display of tennis, I did think Rafa would lose after he lost those match points in the fourth, I thought fate had intervened for Roger again.
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Poor R-Fed!

"Now the old king is dead, long live the king"
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Great match, unfortunately I missed most of it. For anyone like me who did ESPN Classic is showing it tonight @ 7 ET. Which of course I'll miss because the Red Sox are on
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OH MY GOD....

Wimbledon is the greatest tennis tournament of the year...I love everything about it, from the atmosphere in the studio, the atmosphere out on the courts, the area surrounding the courts, everything, it's a perfect tennis tournament. I love all the commentators, from Johnny to his son P-Mac and Cliff Gilbert and Dick Enberg...Mary Carillo, Mary Joe Fernandez and Darren and everyone else! It's perfection.

I watched every single point of the Federer vs. Nadal match and recorded it, and can't stop replaying it...it is the greatest match I have ever seen for sure, and one of the most dramatic sporting events in history. It was a better final than any recent superbowl, NBA Finals, or World Series...This is more incredible than Tiger winning the U.S. Open, bigger than the Celtics winning the NBA Finals.

I was going crazy the entire match, rooting for Nadal the entire time. Nadal is my favorite player, and then right behind him is Fed. It was hard to see Fed lose, but I'm glad Nadal ended up winning. At least Federer made it close. I didn't really want to see the match end in straight sets, that wouldn't have been good....

Anyway I'm looking for more coverage of this final...it seems like it ended and then it was barely talked about. When the broadcast ended, does anyone know if there was any other tennis broadcast wrapping the final up and discussing it a little? I'm just looking for more coverage and reflection from MacEnroe or anyone doing the broadcast from Wimbledon. It seems like once NBC's broadcast ended, that was it...nothing on ESPN, and I check NBC's schedule, there's nothing Wimbledon-related...and no coverage scheduled anywhere it seems.
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That was such an amazing match! Two tremendous players, two class guys. I was rooting for Nadal -- he's always felt like the underdog against Federer, even though he's, what, 12-6 against Roger in his career? And he's got 5 majors, when Federer had only one at the same age. Maybe Nadal's the one who's gonna set all the records!
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It's the same "hatred" that successful athletes and teams such as Michael Schumacher, the New York Yankees and to a lesser degree Tiger Woods received in their heyday (Woods, of course, is still in his prime). I suppose people become tired of seeing the same people winning over and over. I know that people were rooting against Schumacher when he was in the midst of 5 consecutive Formula One drivers' championships whilst with Ferrari.


I couldn't appreciate Formula 1 when every single fucking race was M. Schumacher/R. Barrichello. I hated him for it. It was sooo boring. So I agree with namckur, I was very glad to see this happen, and I don't like the faux modesty either, apologies to defenders of him, maybe it's not, but I think it is.
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Poor R-Fed!

"Now the old king is dead, long live the king"
Coldplay has no place in this thread

I much prefer

The king is dead, long live the king.

Anyway, when is the US open ?
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Sometime in Autumn I think. Should be interesting now that Djokovic won Australia and Nadal Wimbledon and Paris - and Nadal and Federer may very well fight soon in the Olympics.
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Poor R-Fed!
Who is that? K Fed's brother?
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