A thousand deaths…
….I died, watching Federer scrape through against Nadal yesterday. The tension got to me so much that I had to watch the final set on “mute”. Thank God, Federer won. Happy to note that even Nadal is not immune from pressure.
Federer dealt with those heavy top-spin forehands much better y’day, than he did at the French open. Still he is no closer to figuring out a way to deal with Nadal without getting into such attritional battles. For a change, his serve bailed him out yesterday, those 22-23 aces helping him conserve a fair bit of energy.
Nadal is so scary to watch on court, but come the presentation ceremony or an interview, those dimples and that shy childish demeanour make a fan out of even a “die-hard” Federer buff like me.
Both of them are just such a credit to tennis. May their rivalry play out for at least 3-4 more years, with Federer winning enough to take him past Sampras.