Reflections on the Grind

thoughts on training and life of an introvert

Number 15

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Watched a great Wimbledon Final last night. Andy Roddick vs Roger Federer. The 21th time they met. Federer got his chance at break points first, but Roddick held strong. Roddick broke Federer on his first chance and won the first set. He was about to up 2 sets to 0 when leading second-set tiebreak 6-2. Federer though staged another incredible comeback and won. Third set was tight again, and the tiebreak also went to Federer.

Roddick stayed tough and broke Federer early in the fourth. Fifth set was the longest in Wimbledon final history (95 minutes). Finally, Federer broke Roddick’s serve; it was enough to win his 15th Grand Slam title. The fifth set score is 16-14. Sampras, Laver, Borg, and other legends were in the stands to witness history.

Pretty epic match. Roddick played the best I’ve ever seen him play. He’s been around for so long, but he’s still only 26, a year younger than Federer. If Roddick can keep up this great form, he will rise up in the ranking and contend in many more Grand Slam finals.

The fifth set was a marathon. It was the battle of wills. In that kind of situation, physical and technical abilities don’t matter anymore. Both players were incredible. It’s the belief that you will win that makes it so.



(images from MTF)


Written by Rop

July 6, 2009 at 10:48 am

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