A few weeks ago, I had a post planned, called, “Roger Federer will never win another Grand Slam.” I wanted to post about how Federer was getting older, how Djokovic and Nadal would always reach the finals, how Federer would stay at 16 majors forever.
I never got the chance to right that post, and I’m so glad I never did.
I was clearly very wrong.
I’ve never been a fan of Federer, but that doesn’t stop me from thinking that he is undoubtedly the GOAT, and that has never stopped me from admiring his abilities. They were on full display today. Poor Murray played well, very well (!) but Federer played even better. His shots were simply masterful and there was a beautiful ruthlessness to his game today.
My heart breaks for Murray, who had his heart ripped out of his chest and stomped on today in Center Court. I’ll be rooting for him at the US Open (sorry Rafa!) but given Muzz’s history, it wouldn’t surprise me if Murray lost in the first round of the US Open. It will take a lot of work by Lendl to keep Murray from sinking into a very deep funk. Rafa says that losing in the second round is far less painful than losing in the final or semi-finals. Murray is going to sting something awful. Let’s just hope he recovers, unlike Roddick, who never recovered from his heartbreaker three years ago.
But still, today is Federer’s moment, when he silenced a whole bunch of doubters. Including me.
As we get ready for the Olympics, many gymnastics fans are repeating the cardinal rule of women’s gymnastics: Never count Romania out.
There’s a similar cardinal rule in tennis: Never count Federer out.
I’m sorry Federer. I should never have doubted you.