WTF Final Thoughts, Almost

Written By: achangeofends - Nov• 30•10

What did I learn from the 2010 WTF? You can’t manufacture drama. Matches between the two best players in the world always have a certain dramatic flair, particularly when the two best players have one of the most famous tennis rivalries of all time, but the media hype around this match was astounding, not to mention the fog, blaring music, and light effects provided by the O2. I’m not saying I didn’t enjoy the match, it was great tennis, but there was no possibility of it rivaling the tension of Wimbledon 2008 or Australia 2009. I just don’t think a best of 3 sets match could top a best of 5. In my book, more tennis is better, particularly when it comes to these two.

What I hated most about all the media attention was the general consensus that this was do or die for Roger Federer. I read numberous stories telling me a loss would make Roger totally irrelevant in the Fedal rivalry, and most likely in future Grand Slams, like this WTF match was his last chance to beat Nadal. That’s absurd. On any given day one tennis player can beat another, and when that player is Roger Federer, the odds are never bad. He may not always be the favorite, but he is always a favorite.

Federer was in control of this match and yet nothing seemed to silence the critics. He went for too much, or he didn’t go for enough, or Nadal gave up the match because he was fatigued from his 3 hour semifinal. Do you know how ridiculous that is? Nadal is easily the fittest guy on tour. He’s played 5+ hour matches and come back to win a match the next day. Nadal didn’t make any excuses for his loss, so I don’t see why fans or journalists should. Roger played better and he deserved to win. I’m sure Rafa will repay the favor sometime in the future.

Now let’s look ahead a little. Does this give Roger momentum heading into the Australian? Absolutely. Does that mean he will win? Not necessarily. Will Rafa ever win the WTF? Yes. He’s only 24 and has plenty more chances. Plus, he made a lot of headway this year just by making it to the final.

I have one more WTF post up my sleeve, which should go up tomorrow. It’s a fun one.

Image by AP.

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2 Comments

  1. Eric from Midwest Tennis says:

    Hi Andrea,- great post and blog. I discovered it by accident actually.

    By the way- do you accept guest posts?

    Please let me know.
    -Eric

  2. Andrea says:

    Hi Eric. I'm glad you discovered the site. I haven't really thought much about guest posts, but I'd be happy to take a look at something. If you have any ideas, feel free to email me at achangeofends@gmail.com. Thanks!

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