Breakfast and Lunch at Wimbledon

Pete Sampras, Manual Santana, Rod Laver, Bjorn Borg, Ilie Nastase
Pete Sampras, Manual Santana, Rod Laver, Bjorn Borg, Ilie Nastase

Roger managed to pull out a victory in a Wimbledon Final that was even longer than last year (more games; less elapsed time–no rain delay this year).

Andy Roddick
Andy Roddick
Of course I couldn’t watch every minute of the match. I had to go to church.

But I can tell you this: Roddick won more games than Federer. Roger won two sets on tie-breakers. In fact, Roddick held serve every game he served (38 games)–until the 77th game of the match.

On the other hand, Roger had 50 aces. Fifty. He won his last three service games on something like fifteen serves.

In other words, this match was what happens when an irresistible force meets and immovable object. Awesome.

I always will be a Federer fan. Nonetheless:

1) The runner-up this year lost with more class than the runner-up last year.

2) The top prize for the day goes to Rod Laver. As soon as the sun began to shine on the royal box at Centre Court, Laver produced a straw hat with a green ribbon. He nestled it smartly on his head.