2009 Wimbledon Final: A Pleasant Wake-Up Call

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2009 Wimbledon Final: A Pleasant Wake-Up Call
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Refusing to wake up at 6am after a strenuous evening celebrating our nation’s independence, I managed to crawl out of bed around 7am.  Hoping to see one of the only American tennis forces, Andy Roddick and outside of James Blake at the US Open (you still have work to do Mr. Querrey), compete with the inevitable greatest tennis player of all-time, Roger Federer, at the final of Wimbledon.

  Knowing before this match that the American from Austin, TX had been playing extremely well; he had a chance to make a dent in the Swiss tennis God. 

  But who isn’t playing well when one reaches a Wimbledon final?

                 One eye opened, I thought I was mistaken when I observed Andy Roddick up one set against Roger Federer; I was not.   The Mount Rushmore of tennis greats were witnessing the same thing I was- the match of Andy Roddick’s life. 

                This match was unlike any other previous final.  It was not the consistent high level of play that merely intrigued us or the possibility of tennis history, but the emotional connection every onlooker adopted throughout the match.  The passion, desire, and will displayed by Roddick was unmatched. 

  It took the number sixth ranked player in the world 26 years, three coaching changes, and a Sports Illustrated wife to finally develop a backhand.  We were all familiar with the Roddick who worked around his backhand, which ultimately exposed the deuce side of the court leading to his constant struggles.  That man was absent.  Flashes of his once former coach Jimmy Connors came to life with his tremendous moments of precision and touch at the net.

  One critical mistake in a second set tiebreak and being broken once cost Andy Roddick his second grand slam title.  How would it feel if you were a quarterback that had one incomplete pass on 37 attempts and lost the game? 

We all know the Rams won Super Bowl XXXIV, but have we forgotten that the Titans were one yard away from sending that game to overtime, no.

  Congratulations Roger, but thank you Andy Roddick for one of the most memorable, emotional performances in tennis history.  

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