Monday, 7 July 2008

Wimbledon wrap up

Phew, well I've started to recover from yesterday's final. An amazing match. I've got to say it was so tense at times that it became almost (but not quite!) unenjoyable. Can't imagine what it must have been like for Mirka and Rafa's parents.

So we have a new champion. And a new British hope in Laura Robson. Whilst Andy Murray showed that he has got what it takes, but is not quite there yet. As Nick Bollettieri said in the Independent today:

You only had to see what Rafael Nadal could do to Roger Federer yesterday to know he's capable of making mince out of Titans, let alone out of a hugely promising but still developing 21-year-old in his first Slam quarter-final. Andy got as far as he was meant to. Past the last 16. Out before the semis. He can now go away and get better.

It was so good to see Safin back on fire. Federer and Nadal are on a different level at the moment with Djokovic not far off, but who knows maybe Marat still has one last slam in him. If Ivanisevic can do it. At the very least I hope he can take this form and confidence onto the summer hard courts in the US.

Venus and Serena showed once again that when their heads are in the game you can never underestimate them. Maybe the seeding committee will seed Venus No 1 next year?

And we saw how much the women's game misses Henin. I'm a massive fan of team Williams but whilst they continue to pick and choose their events the tour will miss having an out and out No 1.

Looking ahead to the Olympics, we also saw that on her day Zheng Jie, on home turf, has the potential to take out almost anyone in the Women's game.

And finally I've picked my moment of Wimbledon 2008. It was Rafa serving at Championship point in the 4th set tie break and Roger coming up with the unbelievable backhand passing shot to save the match.

PS - for those of you still waiting for the answers to Wimbledon quiz I'll post them tomorrow or Wednesday.

1 comment:

freakyfrites said...

Hey Steve,

That's my moment, too!