Monday, November 09, 2009

Sunday Champions

BASEL, SWITZERLAND - NOVEMBER 08:  Novak Djokovic of Serbia kisses the trophy after defeating Roger Federer of Switzerland in the final during Day Seven of the Davidoff Swiss Indoors Tennis at St Jakobshalle on November 8, 2009 in Basel, Switzerland.
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Novak Djokovic of Serbia kisses the trophy after defeating Roger Federer of Switzerland in the final during Day Seven of the Davidoff Swiss Indoors Tennis at St Jakobshalle on November 8, 2009 in Basel, Switzerland.

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This was the only match I watched. The most interesting part of it was the 23-minute game that closed out the first set. That passage of play encapsulated their entire rivalry and demonstrates why I have a hard time watching these two play each other. It's like Raja can't positively channel his dislike of Djoke and Djoke, it seems, keeps waiting for Fed to do just that and starts falling apart himself.

It's become a rivalry that produces ugly tennis.

Still, to watch Raja dismantled in front of his hometown crowd at an event he's won three years running against a player he really doesn't like and respects even less was quite a spectacle.

Will be interesting to see where they go from here.

Andy Murray of Britain poses with the Valencia Open Throphy after defeating Mikhail Youzhny of Russia in the Valencia Open final tennis match in Valencia November 8, 2009.
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Andy Murray of Britain poses with the Valencia Open Throphy after defeating Mikhail Youzhny of Russia in the Valencia Open final tennis match in Valencia November 8, 2009.

7 comments:

vw said...

That urn! Looks like Murray is holding family ashes by the look in his face.

Helen W said...

Too funny vw!

Graf_sampras said...

i don't care if it's ugly tennis or beautiful.

I like it when Djoko dismantles Roger Federer.

Murray's face is so pasty indeed, it's like he made sure to Powder himself with the family ashes...

kraa said...

I see Graf_Sampras has recovered from Roger winning RG and Wimbledon double...

Don't you worry - Roger is becoming older and only a blind man doesn't see that he is no more than 80% of the player he was 3-4 years ago. His haters won't have to suffer his greatness much longer now...

Dissapointed in result of course, but no one wins it all... :(

Karen said...

Kraa is that what it was, and here I was being concerned when I did not see our favourite poet laureate. Hmm. All in good fun GS, all in good fun.

charags said...

Agree with Kraa; When the match goes all the way and Roger loses, he drops the last set with thud.

The same happened with Radek. He started well, then ran out of steam.

Reminds one of the transience of life.

Tennisfan said...

Very Funny VW!!