Sunday, July 06, 2008
It was such a fantastic Wimbledon final today, I'm not sure I need to say a whole lot. This is what I was saying earlier in the week: when the ultimate matchup is this phenomenal, who cares if it was a fait accompli? I really thought Federer was going to get bailed out by all those rain delays (and that disappointingly pro-Federer crowd), but thankfully Rafa prevailed.
I have to say, Federer's reaction to the loss was an interesting one. He was gracious and all, but he was also devestated, sitting there looking wrecked. Which...he's won this tournament five times already. He's still #1 in the world. All this loss proves is that he's not actually unbeatable. That there's at least one player in the whole world who can compete with him. The fact that Federer can be so crushed by that makes me wonder just how central that sense of infallibility has been to his persona. And it makes me all the happier that he lost.
Anyway, more happy photos to commemorate Nadal's big win: