Friday, June 20, 2014

Checking in before Wimbledon

It has been way too long since I have done a post, thanks to some health issues I have been experiencing.  But tennis goes on and I thought I would check in before the great Wimbledon begins.  

Of course, our hopes that Federer would go deep at Roland Garros this year was cut short when he unexpectedly lost in the 4th round, but I'm not a clay fan anyway and was so very ready to move onto grass.  Roger had pressure on him at his beloved Halle, being the only title he had to defend from his depressing 2013 season, but he was up to the task, playing well to hold his up his 7th trophy there.

So here we go into Wimbledon, a tournament that was crazy last year with many unexpected losses, including the one that broke many hearts, Federer's second round loss to Stakhovsky.  But this is a new year with a healthy Roger, and he realizes as much as anyone that his chances for winning majors gets less as time goes by, so this is a perfect opportunity to grab that elusive #18.  In fact, not only would it be #18 for majors, but it would be Wimbledon #8 and title #80.  Given that his favorite number is 8, with his birthday being 8/8/81, it seems like the peRFect situation.  

The draw is out now and Roger appears to have a pretty decent one for a change, other than the potential difficulty against Julien Benneteau in round 2, who has beaten him a couple times.  I feel that Roger will be highly motivated for Wimbledon this year, though, and that he is going to do very well.  Hopefully I'm not setting myself up for disappointment.

I will keep this short and sweet, but just wanted to write something after so long and I will try to do much better during this exciting fortnight of tennis.

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