Picket Fence Vid: Bébé Féd.
2000 Roland Garros, third round. Some Frenchie decided to record a match on Court 2 on VHS.
And what’s more? He/She decided to keep it.
10 years later, this match would be converted from VHS to DVD and airmailed to Australia, where it would be encoded, edited, and uploaded onto youtube.
I wonder if that person, or any of the spectators watching on Court 2 that day, realised that the guy with the terrible hair would go on to be the winner of 16 slams and achieve Hair God Status.
A few points from the match that I couldn’t include in the highlights
- Federer could’ve won in straight sets, but lost early breaks.
- He could’ve lost the fifth set after going down an early break. He got mad (at himself), but then he got even.
- For someone who’s so used to Federer’s ninja demeanor on court, it was disconcerting to see how emotional he was during a match 10 years ago. It’s a story too-often told, but it brings home just how much he has forced himself to grow up and control his emotions over the years.
- By 6-all in the fifth set, Kratochvil was so fatigued he could barely move. Federer by contrast didn’t show any visible signs of exhaustion. How many 18 year olds these days have this level of fitness? Or perhaps this underscores the efficiency of his game.
- Breakpoints. He had. SO. FRIGGIN. MANY. Didn’t think it was possible for me to rage over a match played more than 10 years ago, but THERE YOU GO.
- Federer eventually won 76 64 26 67 86.