For those of you who did not know, professional tennis has its first Grand Slam Tournament of the year going on. The tournament has been going on since Monday. Hard to believe I know. Sure there has been some solid coverage by ESPN. But I feel like this has been the quietest Aussie Open in recent memory. The major upsets have been lacking. The drama has not been there. And people’s interest has not been there.
Sure Roger Federer was pushed to five sets. Sure there have been some minor upsets. But nobody has seemed to really show major interest. The tournament has been overshadowed by coverage of the NFL Playoffs, the pinball game that is the College Football Coaching stratosphere, College Basketball Madness, MLB Free Agency, and the NBA. People need to wake up and venture down under. Nadal is going for his 4th consecutive Major Title for crying out loud.
Now we are at Round 3. This is where the men get separated from the boys. This is where the classic 5 setters begin to creep into the picture. Fatigue starts to plague players. In all honesty, this is where Nadal and Federer begin to exude their dominance.
We are so fortunate to have had the pleasure of watching Roger Federer all these years. Most generations are not fortunate enough to get to watch a guy like Federer play. But we not only have been blessed to have Federer, but perhaps a guy that is just as good or better than Fed. Rafael Nadal is truly a phenomenon. Now I will admit that I was a Sampras guy, and then a Federer guy. But Nadal’s consistent play and amazing effort at every tournament has more than swayed my opinion on the grinder from Majorca.
The 24-year-old Spaniard has already captured 9 Grand Slam titles, a Gold Medal, and 43 career titles. The real scary thing about all of this is that he is ahead of the blistering pace set by Federer for career Grand Slam titles. 2 years ago, most experts were proclaiming Roger as perhaps the greatest player of all time. Nadal not only has a chance to win more Grand Slams than Roger, but he has the opportunity to do it while Federer is still around. Scary I know. I mean Rafa does sport a 14 and 8 overall record against the man who many consider to be “the greatest of all time.”
So tune in to the Australian Open and watch some matches. We are so lucky to be blessed with not just 1 phenomenal player, but 2. Not to mention the overall depth of the tour is far better than it has ever been.
Aussie, Aussie, Aussie?
I got Nadal winning the tournament. Who you got?
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