Let’s Play Leapfrog (by Matt)
This will be a short post – it’s really almost a post-it note – because I have way too many American college football (paid!) writing responsibilities right now. Damn Monday U.S. Open finals, getting in the way of my life!
I will produce a few very lengthy posts about the Djokovic-Nadal match, this 2011 U.S. Open, and the year 2011 at the majors in the days to come. Please stay tuned and come back to the Picket Fence after you’ve detoxed a little bit. I’ll have plenty to say about how Wogie McFeduruh fits into the big picture of tennis and a 2012 season that has EXCITEMENT! written all over it.
But for now, let’s just appreciate how great an era of men’s tennis we are so fortunate to behold.
In 2007, Roger Federer won three major titles and owned the tennis world. In 2008, he made three major finals and won one of them. Fed’s 2008 is a year that 99 percent of mortals would kill for… and yet he was very much a distant second to Rafael Nadal that year.
In 2010, Rafa won three major titles and owned the tennis world. In 2011, he made three major finals and won one of them. Rafa’s 2011 is a year that 99 percent of mortals would kill for… and yet he was very much a distant second to Novak Djokovic this year.
In the middle of these past five years stood Federer’s 2009, easily superior to Djokovic and far more consequential than the one-major year produced by a luckless Nadal, whose injuries left a void at Wimbledon and left him hamstrung against Juan Martin del Potro in the U.S. Open semis.
Federer had 2007 and 2009. Rafa had 2008 and 2010. Now, Novak Djokovic’s 2011 has become one of the all-time great years in tennis history. It certainly ranks in the top five in the Open Era, and probably the top three. (Laver’s 1969 and Federer’s 2006 the other two.)
It is a pleasure and a privilege to be alive at this point in time. Leapfrog never felt so substantial and weighty.
Talk to you soon, Fencers. Take a 36-hour break. Then I’ll have much to chew on. After that, Doots and PJ and LJ will feed you the Fedporn from Sydney.
Your Guest Woger Bwogger for a few more days,
Matt Zemek (the absence of Moonpie is due to the fact that I picked Djokovic in 4 today).