It what was one of the most memorable and entertaining finals in the history of Wimbledon. Roger Federer collected a record 15th Grand Slam title and defeated American Andy Roddick 16-14 in the fifth set, the longest match (in terms of games) in the history of probably the most established Grand Slam tournament.
Yes, both players went all out. Yes, they fought hard and dug deep. Yes, the better tennis player prevailed.
However, I am quite frustrated by the media’s sympathy for Andy Roddick.
Pick a media outlet and listen to all their “experts” as they talk at length about how hard Andy Roddick played. “He played the match of his life.” “Just keep your head up, Andy, you will be remembered as someone who was part of something great.” “No shame in second place in a match like that Andy, we feel for you, stay positive.”
Well, I am no “expert” but I have something to say to Andy and it’s probably not what you would think.
Andy: Did you play well? Yes, you played great.
Did you lose to the best tennis player in history? Yeah, probably. Are there positives? Sure, you only dropped serve once and made countless backhand passes you were able to conjure up, but that’s not what this is about.
This is about a decision; your decision. What will you take away from this?
My advice: Stay Angry! Be mad! You lost. Get even.
Listen, Andy, you can take this one of two ways; either the beginning of your rebirth or the end of your career. Most guys lay down after a defeat like this. But you didn’t lie down after losing the second set and you aren’t going to lay down now.
You have done it.
All you have worked for since you turned pro in 2000 has paid off. You are now at the top of your game. Only you and Federer have been in the top 10 since 2002. You have reached a point where your service game is literally unstoppable.
Even the best player in the world could not stop it, at all. If you stay the course and keep your focus not only will you win the US Open this year but the next three to five years will be the best of your career.
The confidence you have searched for your entire career, the kind that wins you titles and Championships you now have, is what you can take away from this match. So harness it and use it to prove to the world that you are one of the all-time greats.
It's no time for moping or feeling bad for yourself, because if you keep this up, all that you have waited for is surely right around the corner.