Hey Steffi Graf, that’s a great costume idea, but what are you going to do with the blue paint when you’re done?
Oh. Oh my.
I don’t do predictions. I don’t predict winners and losers, except for the very, very rare occasions when I do, and that is only when I have a very, very strong gut feeling about who is going to win. I had that feeling in 1996, when my uncle asked me which gymnast was going to win. I said “Lilia Podkopayeva.” I was right.
I had a gut feeling in 2010 after the French Open that Rafa was going to win the US Open. I was right.
I have no gut feeling going into this tournament. My gut feeling is that it’s going to be far more of a reflection of what is to come this year.
My gut tells me that Monte Carlo will affect Rafa more than Nole. Rafa will take confidence from the fact that he executed his game plan against Nole, and he will feel ready and eager to back up that win in Madrid. Nole, on the other hand, will (rightfully) chalk up his loss in Monte Carlo to grief, but he still will have a lot to prove, especially if he wants to make a run at the French Open.
Of course, this is assuming that both men make it to the final. My gut is telling me that things may not be as they seem.
3 One last thought
” [Fairy] tales say that apples were golden only to refresh the forgotten moments when we found that they were green. The make rivers run with wine only to make us remember, for one wild moment, that they run with water.” G.K. Chesterton
And sometimes, they make clay courts blue, so that we can see that they are red.