My dog, Otto the German Shepherd, is a tennis nut.
“You haven’t analysed the men’s draw for the US Open. Today’s the 27th and the tournament begins on the 29th.” pestered Otto.
“I know. I’ve just been a little wrapped up in other things.” I reply, tiredly.
“But you have to do the men’s draw. That’s like manna for tennis followers.” insists Otto.
“Oh, I’m sure, they are multiple draw analyses floating around the internet. The smart ones can visit USOpen.org and figure it out themselves.” I attempt to fob off my companion.
“But that’s not the point, is it? It’s good for you too. You can’t follow the US Open without delving into the draw. It’s like going into a dark night without a torch.” Otto is a member of the local debate club.
"He plays incredible tennis, but he’s not an alien.”
Jo Wilfried Tsonga is convinced that Novak Djokovic is not an extra-terrestrial despite playing extraordinary tennis this year. Tsonga adds: “In fact, what he does is doing everything better than the others. He doesn’t hit harder, he doesn’t hit the ball earlier. But he’s always there. This is tiring when you play against him. He does not have the best return on the tour. But on every return, he returns well, and he’s always there. So what does it is his consistency, and he has no weaknesses."
What he really meant:
“If Novak’s an alien, then so are the rest of us. It’s just that he does it over a longer period.”
“"I don’t have the pretension to try to beat Novak without my arm."
Jo Wilfried Tsonga is more than realistic about his chances against Novak Djokovic without a ‘good arm’. The Frenchman conceded his semi-final at Montreal 4-6,0-3 complaining of pain in his right appendage.
What he really meant:
“I have one tennis-playing arm and one racket. I’m not ambidextrous.”
For the first two sets, it seemed as though it was to be yet another cakewalk for the Swiss. The motions were smooth; the serve was chugging along like a Rolls Royce. The Frenchman was sleepwalking his way out of the tournament.
Then suddenly, something changed. It was, as though, the Ali-lookalike realised that this was his best chance—his only one. He had nothing to lose, so why not go at it full-tilt like the gladiator he is?
The first break of Roger’s sublime service fuelled this belief. That, maybe, there was something to be gainsaid from it all.
Novak Djokovic might have secured a much cherished win at the Dubai Duty Free Championships—another convincing victory over Roger Federer—but it was the World No.1 Rafael Nadal who stole the headlines over the weekend.
The Spaniard declared that the dominance Federer and he established over the majors—a stranglehold of 21 wins since 2005—is a thing of the past.Nadal reiterated that credit for the duopoly should go to the great Swiss without whom his nine Slams would ring hollow.