If ever there was an example why tennis is one of the greatest sports to watch, one of the most exciting, thrilling, enthralling professional contests, today’s match between Rafa Nadal and Andy Murray showed this to perfection. I mentioned earlier in the week the match between Nadal and Djokovic in Madrid, one of the greatest three set matches ever, this one matched it easily.
Nadal won in a third set tiebreaker, 7-6, 6-3, 7-6, both played the best they could have played, Murray was sensational and should really have beaten the great Spaniard. But the genius of Nadal, the shots he plays are quite incredible, he is the best example for any youngster wanting to better themselves; the guy just never gives up, never thinks he is defeated. The amount of great matches he has been involved in, five or six, five set classics with Roger Federer, all in finals, he’s faced match points and come back to win and so many occasions it’s hard to believe. In the Australian Open a few years ago, he played a five set classic against Verdasco in the semi’s, then played Federer in the final and beat him in five sets. Who can forget the greatest match of all, the Wimbledon final against Fed. Federer in my mind is still the greatest, but Nadal is just a smidge behind, he seems invincible when he is playing well, and he plays well in every big match. Greg Rusedski has just called him superman. And he is superman, at least he seems like he is, I hope Federer wins tonight, no disrespect to Djokovic, but Fed is playing well, and so is Nadal, it could be another classic, in the final. I can’t wait.