The last two days of Wimbledon at least brought back a semblance of familiarity to this tradition filled event. Serena Williams overpowered a much overmatched opponent to capture her 4th Wimbledon Championship. And earlier this morning, Rafael Nadal wiped a newcomer Tomas Berdych off the court to capture his 2nd Wimbledon title.
So all is right at Wimbledon. Well not exactly.
The men’s final was missing a man who had been there 7 straight times in Roger Federer. And the women’s final was missing the other William’s sister, who had been in 8 of the last 10 finals on the grass court haven. But I will state this, I am not a Nadal fanatic by any means, but I was happy to see him take down Tomas Berdych.
This is not due to me despising the 12th ranked Berdych. I will admit he is fun to watch. He is extremely talented and rising. His game finally seems to be clicking on all cylinders. The reason I was happy to see him lose is simply because he has a big mouth. This man couldn’t just enjoy beating the greatest Grand Slam Champion of all time (he beat Federer in the quarterfinals). No, he had to make sure he stated his superiority.
So Federer had a bit of a weak cop-out saying that he had some nagging back and leg injuries that may have affected his play this year at the Championships. And you know what, Federer has earned the right to say whatever he wants. He has won more Grand Slams than any other player in history and also had the longest reign ever as the number 1 ranked player in the world. So his career may be beginning to wane. But give the guy some respect.
Berdych just sees Federer has a bad loser. In response to Federer’s nagging injury remarks Tomas said, “I don’t know if he is just looking for excuses, I think every time when he played he was 100% ready.” Give me a break man. There is no need to respond to this whether you think it is a BS statement or not. Just let it go. You just secured the biggest win of your career. Take it with class. Later, Federer said that he felt he had opportunities in the match and just didn’t convert. He felt that he gave away the match. Federer probably should not have said this, but Berdych made sure to state that maybe the opponent (himself, Berdych) was better than him (Federer).
Give me a break. This isn’t gossip girl. Federer definitely should have held in some of his remarks. But he has earned the right to say whatever he wants whenever he wants. Talk to me and the rest of the media world when you have won a few Grand Slam titles Mr. Berdych. Then I will listen to your post match statements.
Karma does hurt though. Keep talking Tomas, because all the talking would not help in your match today against Nadal. He wiped you off the court in front of millions of people on the biggest stage tennis has to offer.
Next time let your racquet do the talking.
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