Thursday, 27 January 2011

Oz: Stealing Thunder



I said ‘calm before the STORM’, not the Great Red Spot of Jupiter.




Djokovic d. Federer 76 75 64


You know what I think? I think the ATP Universe got wind of the fact that people were beginning to suggest that the women were outplaying the men and stealing much, if not all, of the show. With Henin already, rather astonishingly, being accused of stealing Australian thunder(?) they figured if they didn’t get in on the action fast, there’d be nothing left to steal.




» Top two seeds (best players to have ever played the game) out before the finals IN STRAIGHT SETS. Thunder being stolen.


» Djokovic playing his best tennis since 2008 (the last time he won here also beating Fed at this stage), outplaying a fighting-fit Federer in straight sets. Thunder being stolen.


» Federer not in possession of an active Slam for the first time since 2003. Thunder being stolen.


» A non Fedal Slam winner for only the third time in the last 23 Slams. Thunder being stolen.


» Andy Murray with a very real shot at winning his first Slam title (not, incidentally, going through Fedal*) – would make him the first Brit to win a major since 1936. Thunder being stolen.




Changing of the guards?


Nadal unfit/viral and Fed with no events to defend until the summer.


Like the man said, ask again in six months.



* – What are you doing down here? Don’t you know what an asterisk means in the context of a Grand Slam?

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