Picket Fence Laureate: Oh yeah … one of these again …

They said the rivalry was an at end,

And Federer was on a downward trend,

Against Rafa, he played only once this year,

Which ended with Dootsie shedding a tear,

So last night when Roger stepped out on court,

To be honest, I ย was a little distraught.


Needlessly, ’cause Fed had brushed aside the field,

With sharpened tools and lethal shots to wield.

Against Djoko he was simply sublime,

So good it was illegal, he was committing a crime!

But Rafael Nadal is a different beast,

And had Fed’s number, to say the least.


But Fed came out playing like sex on fire,

With fiendish forehands and volleys to inspire.

His backhand whip was so splendiforous

That Dootsie’s lady tubes sang a chorus:

And what shoulder, and what art

Could twist the sinews of thy heart?


But Rafa responded, you shall not pass!

Expect nothing less from a player of his class.

And Fed was rattled, he was unnerved,

Under 30% for the whole set he served,

Nadal soon got himself a break,

The match was now anyone’s to take.




By Now, Doots was feeling quite sober,

Surely he’s lost. Surely it’s over?!

But Fed regrouped and played with conviction,

His wanted this victory and vindication.

40-15 became breakpoint instead,

“Watch him shank it!” Doots cried with dread.


But all converted, Fed sailed on with relief,

So much for my lack of belief,

Match point soon came with a forehand mishit,

Was it in? Did it catch the line a bit?

Time froze still, then melted into a smile,

As Roger roared and celebrated in style.



But even as we rejoiced and cheered,

Our “Esteemed Media” stood back and jeered.

‘Poor Rafa,’ they said, ‘he was oh-so-tired.

Look at all the shots he misfired!’

To party poopers I say “IN YOUR FACE!

Why can’t you concede with a little grace?


As much as I like to whinge and snark,

To shout from rooftops in the dark,

Nothing appeases me and gives me more bliss,

Than the cries of joy from fans of the Swiss,

With you I’ve shared this emotional year,

And grown to hold all of you dear.


Some tough losses we’ve had to endure,

But deep down, I know our faith is sure.

In my head, I imagine a curious scene,

Where we’re all screaming in front of our screen,

Because despite living worlds apart,

The same man tugs the strings of our heart.



xx doots

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40 responses to “Picket Fence Laureate: Oh yeah … one of these again …”

  1. PJ says :


  2. sue.w says :

    A.M.A.Z.I.N.G DOOTS !!
    I cant get this stupid grin off my face ( and wont for a long time to come ) since THAT last point!! Woooooo Hoooooo HE DID IT!! HE DID IT !! HE DID IT AND HOW!!! So proud of Our Champ and soooo going to miss him for a bit but he deserves a good break (not counting the Exos) and then back to it to kick some butt in 2011 !! Even sweeter as he beat the FFM !!! YEAH!!

    As for the comms and media we should be used to it by now, always an asterix against anything Roger does over *him* ! So whats new !! And a huge rasberry and Pfffffffffftt !! I simply dont care what they say …Morons the lot of them!! I could not be happier with the way Roger played all week, in fact since USO, so they can %*^$$& right off !!!

  3. sunnygrrle says :


    “Where we’re all screaming in front of our screen.”


    “”Because despite living worlds apart,

    The same man tugs the strings of our heart”.

    I would like to offer myself up as wife #2 !! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. sunnygrrle says :

    I was planning on writing a tribute article for bleacher report this week in part as a big middle finger to the Hatuhs who still can’t give Feddy a clean win, but I;m too exhausted so I might just read you’re poem a few more times and call it a day!

    P.S. I’m a good cook and I do great laundry! Mail order bride over here! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. breadstix says :

    He did it he did it he did it!! I could scream that from the roof tops, but we only have a roof terrace and that just will not do.

    ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. Deborah says :

    Doots! Masterful verse. I haven’t been able to get off the internet since yesterday (well, I did sleep a little, I’m old). Plus, I have watched this match with three different commentators! ((My ancestors would call this “touched in the head). I have been dancing, crying, laughing, and then dancing some more. Love, love love to all of us around the world sitting in front of some kind of screen, in tears, with our hands over our mouths, in total love with the most beautiful and elegant sportsman in the world.

  7. Lady B Good. says :

    A truly wonderful and heartfelt poem from you Doots! Loved it! Let us all be thankful for Roger’s fantastic
    victory, one to savour, good taste in the mouth! Well done Roger! 2011 is yours!
    “No Bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings”……..William Blake(1757-1827)

  8. Freudo says :

    Dotts you are a peach to rhyme our joy
    Rogi, man oh man,
    he was fine,
    our boy oh boy!

    I watched with first time
    with the sound off
    Hubby and I prefer our own anxiety
    to the fact and fiction
    of the commentating media!

    I still want to see that last ball land!
    I still want an avatar of my choosing!
    I’ll watch it once more on a friend’s big screen

  9. Matt Zemek says :


  10. Mia says :

    Awww, *sniffles*, the last two lines – you are able to frame so well what we would like to but can’t. With Fed as muse, keep tapping away at those keys. ๐Ÿ˜€

  11. pban says :

    ***claps hands*** ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Shepadd says :

    This is just perfect! I can only imagine the collective noise made by Fed fans around the world during that match!

  13. TennisAce says :

    I read about it. I am yet to watch it. I have tears in my eyes just reading this. I love you Doots.

  14. marcoiac says :

    nice to see two overnight posts (for us westcoasters) from the doots and most of all everybody happy. u guys are such a nice, lovable, adorable bunch! best tennis year end i have ever seen in many years of tennis fandom. i’ll watch that match over and over again. it feels too good to let go….

  15. elisha says :

    Simply brilliant, doots! No other words. I want to print this out and frame it – it’s that beautiful!

  16. Julie says :

    Bows down! Simply brilliant.

  17. Sophie says :

    Wow, amazing! Can’t believe it’s been a year already, so many up and downs, bring on AO2011! :’)

  18. Jack says :

    Amazing!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  19. jfK says :

    “The same man tugs the strings of our heart.”

    ๐Ÿ˜€ So true. So glad to share these moments and memories with you. We all found eachother thanks to one man.
    Bravo, Doots!

  20. BS says :

    Loved it. I had completely forgotten about your world-famous poems ๐Ÿ˜‰

  21. ClayBuster says :

    What a lovely post, once again, Dootz!
    I fully admit it, I was one of ‘those’ thinking the gorgeous Fedal Rivalry was heading towards a sad end… but now, after Roger’s fantastic victory, it’s been revived to the MAX!!! Can’t tell how happy I am about that.

    All kudos to both these lovely gentlemen – yeah, as a Fedal fan (since 2005!), I can’t be more happy right now for rekindling their fantastic rivalry. It’s like Rafa actually wanted it to happen, as he didn’t even bother to challenge that … ehm… disputable?… matchpoint.

    I just read that Rafa’s mum, Ana Maria, hugged and kissed Roger in the corridor after his victory. A victory over her OWN SON. Now that tells a lot about the great relationship that not only the guys themselves have, but apparently, their families as well!

    May their reign last as long as possible.
    And in order for that to happen: Please dear Rog, defend your AO title in 2011! ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. roadrunnerz says :

    Love it, Doots. My sentiments in a poem! ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. judy says :

    brilliant doots! you captured the fedal match, rog’s season and the connection between fed fans so wonderfully! happy to be basking in the glow of fed’s greatness. so proud to be a fan!

  24. PSP says :

    Just love it when you are in poetry mode! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  25. sita says :

    ‘Twas an emotional season with its crazy highs and lows
    You helped us get through it with your kick-ass prose

    Picket Fence rocks,cheering us up when forlorn
    (Except for times when we are denied Federporn :-P)

    You brought us all together in the Fed-fandom we share
    Three cheers for you, Doots , and your blog beyond compare

  26. lapinroyal says :

    Very nice Doots!!!!

    PS: a little bit more faith next time for TMF! ๐Ÿ˜‰
    PS: “Against Rafa, he played only once this year” Twice, Rafa beat Roger at Madrid (Roger had a long long long semi against Ferrer 8) :mrgreen: )

    • dootsiez says :

      Wabbit, the Madrid final *was* the one I was referring to when I said “Against Rafa, he played only once this year”. I started this post talking about pre-match, before Woger stepped out on court. ๐Ÿ˜›

      The whole stanza:

      “They said the rivalry was an at end,
      And Federer was on a downward trend,
      Against Rafa, he played only once this year,
      Which ended with Dootsie shedding a tear,
      So last night when Roger stepped out on court,
      To be honest, I was a little distraught.”

      As for the “having faith” part, people deal with their favourite players in different way. If I had faith in Tee Em Eff, I wouldn’t be his fan.

      • Lapinroyal says :

        Damn it, my bad! ๐Ÿ˜ณ
        Please don’t roast for Christmas… Turkey have more white meat anyway! :mrgreen:
        You blinded me with your science… I mean poetic science… ๐Ÿ˜†

  27. pban says :

    Roger never gets tired after long semis,poor Rafa though .;)

  28. virgilou says :

    Doots you are just great! Loved the poem… I almost turned off tv when he got broken in the second… but boy was I happy when he hit that line with his forehand. Isn’t it good to love Wogie… especially when he wins, especially against Nadal… It’s fun to share all this joy with millions of Federists around the world.

  29. sunnygrrle says :


    Although these words aren’t nearly as lovely as Dootsie’s prose, I though y’all might like to read an article that does a really nice job putting the FEDAL rivalry into perspective in light of this WTF win. Might go a little ways to shutting up the haters who don’t want to give our Feddy full credit for this win and downplay the end of season he’s had.

    Finally, some perspective from someone in the press who isn’t an Rafa apologist going on and on about how “tired” he was…

    ENJOY! ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. heba1992 says :

    doooootsieeee…JUST WOW…THATS ALL I CAN SAY….i cant tell you how happy i am now and how i was SO HAPPY when Woger McFed won…i wish i was on twitter ๐Ÿ˜ฆ there must have been EXPLOSIONS !!!
    Enjoy the victory and BRING ON THE AUSSIE OPEN xxxxxxx

  31. virgilou says :

    Thanks for making me discover this great ladydoots!! From what I keep reading from her, I take you comparing me to her as a real compliment!! She’s bad!!! ๐Ÿ™‚
    xxx to you both and, of course, to the so cute Wogie…

  32. Maria says :

    aww *wipes shamefully the tears away*

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