YOU SHALL NOT PASS.
This is how it goes.
Federer and Nadal, one match away from playing each other once again this year. You almost expect one of them to fail given the way this year has gone: they always just fall painfully shy of meeting each other.
And when you look at their opponents – both Djokovic and Murray had a slam win in 2010 over their higher ranked opponents. This could’ve been just another fail to end just another year.
Instead, we’re still rumbling our war drums.
Having been deprived of my internet connection these past few days, I’ve been watching all of the matches well after the event. Given the predictable lack of drama at the World Tour Finals this week, I didn’t mind … until I saw Nadal v Murray.
You knew it was going to be good. The mind games started well before the match, with Murray publicly announcing to the British press that he can’t seem to win key matches against the likes of Nadal and Federer.
Really Ahndee? Ya think I’m buying that at face value?
But in case you needed a reminder: the whole point of reverse psychology is that the the reverse is supposed to come true.
Ahndee Mooray took Nadal to 3 sets, 2 tiebreaks and ended up winning neither. He got tense at times, he fell behind, he bared his teeth and fought back. Then he bared his teeth some more, because a two point difference in the final set tiebreak was all that it took for the match to end in a blink of an eye.
Australian Open memories, anyone? Mooray threw the kitchen sink then too, and walked away with his cookie tray of tears. This was much like that single tiebreak, but played over 3 hours.
But unlike the Australian Open, Murray didn’t cry a cookie tray of tears.
I just love playing against him. As a sportsman, I don’t know if there’s been many better than him ever in terms of the way he conducts himself.”
Translation: “Oh always a honour to lose to the Stefan Edberg Sportsman of the Year. Rafa darling, you can take as many MTOs as you like against me … Rafa dearest, can I blow on your bagpipe?”
The definition of a sucker.
Where are the Bodos and Tignors of this world with their ‘soft power’ theories? ‘Cause Mooray’s just about softened into whupped butter in that press conference, and here is the man doing all the whupping.
From Rafa’s point of view, this is the second time this week he’s won a match without playing necessarily at his best. The scoring in tennis is designed so that it rewards decisiveness at critical moments over a high median the rest of the time (not that a high median quality doesn’t help). And so often, we see Nadal’s natural predatory instincts saving him in critical moments, even though it felt like he was one being hunted … until he suddenly wasn’t. Until he bags a tiebreak. A set. A match, and you’re left wondering: WHUT?
For this reason, I think Rafa will survive a spirited attack from Woger (Hamburg 08 style) tomorrow morning Australian time. Am I “doing a Mooray”? Or just a prophet in disguise? Give me the benefit of hindsight and I’ll let you know. 😉
But in all honesty, I hoping, waiting, (expecting?) for Roger Federer to prove me fuckarsedly wrong.
As always, the Fedal Peace Treaty has no effect during an actual Fedal match. All bets are off.
Go get him, baby boy. Go get him and your bastion of minions will scream the score from the rooftops. WOGIE MCFED FANS REPORT FOR DUTIE!