The Masters and More

Here are some thoughts on the Masters, who’s #1, and the final results from the YMCA Tournament.

If you had a chance to see the Federer/Murray match on Friday, you saw one of the best tennis matches of the year. While Murray was already guaranteed a spot, The Fed had to win to make it into the semis; but he was hurting before, during, and after the match.

After Fed won the first set 6-4, Andy came back to win the second in a tie breaker. The Fed was up a break in the third; but gave it back and was serving for his life at 4-5 in the Game of The Tournament.

There were TWELVE game points: Roger had five game points to bring it to 5-5; and Murray had SEVEN match points. While The Fed held serve, he was broken two games later to lose 4-6, 7-6, 7-5.

Right now, Andy Murray is playing the best tennis of anyone in the world. Is he the next #1? According to announcer Justin Gimelstob, he will be. I think it would be a toss-up between this stronger and more mature Andy Murray and a healthy Raphael Nadal. Sorry to say, that I think my man Fed will not see the top of the mountain ever again.

Y Results: By the way, the results of last weekend’s 9.0 doubles at the Y were in the paper this week. The team that Tom McCune and I “should have beaten” somehow also beat the #1 seeds!

That either makes me say: “Maybe they were better than we thought.” Or, “We should have beaten them AND the #1 seeds too.” That’s tennis.

1 thought on “The Masters and More

  1. George,
    I wouldn’t give up on the Fed yet, especially at Wimbledon, but only if he can regain and maintain his health/fitness and match play for a two to three month period prior to a major.

    Nadal, despite his unbelievable timing, fitness, mental tourghness, and shot-making may be even more vulnerable to physical breakdown due to the punishment he gives his body with his lightning dashes and monster shots (noting his withdrawal from the Masters due to knee problems – tendonitis?- ala Tim Mayotte in the past).

    Dag

    HI Dag – I WANT Fed to come back; but i don’t think he can stay at the top for a whole year.  george.

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