Deep down, I kind of knew that Fed was going to end Nole’s streak. The beginning of Nole’s greatness started with his win over Roger in the US Open Semifinal. It was only fitting that it end in yet another slam final. I mean really, was Fed going to let Nole get the number 1 ranking with a win over him? OVER HIS DEAD BODY!
Though I do have admit, I was not exactly looking forward to yet another Rafole final either. It is not just that the novelty had worn off. There was just such a lack of Drama. Rome final? YAWN! And this is coming from a major fan of both Rafa and Nole. This time last year was exciting because Rafa was finally healthy and lethal. Watching him dominate was jus joyful. But then he kept winning. Wimbledon? Awesome. But by the US Open, truth be told, I was kind of bored with Rafa winning. I think it helped make Novak 2.0 this year extra sweet. Having the same guy on top in every slam…it just ain’t that compelling. I think I have realized that this is where my Federer dislike stems from: all those years of GOATiness.
So I guess we should be thankful that The Streak has ended. Novak lost before he could start to bore us with his dominance. And now there are all sorts of fun questions: how will he do on grass? Was it just one inevitable loss, or will his confidence be irredeemably shattered? See, DRAMAZ!
As for tomorrow’s Fedal final, I’m conflicted. I want Rafa to win, but I want Nole to be number one. I don’t want Fed to win, but I want Nole to be number one, etc, etc, etc. As for the actual tennis that will be played…
Yeah, I’m with these guys. I do not know who will win, but I’m thinking a straight sets win for either Nadal or Federer. A “classic” this will not be. Let’s hope I’m wrong.
But regardless of who wins, the best news of all? GRASS STARTS ON MONDAY!!! YIPPEE!!!!
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