Everyone who knows me is aware I’m a tennis fanatic. Last night, I was treated to one of the most entertaining matches I’ve witnessed in years. World #1 Novak Djokovic took on world #2 Rodger Federer in the finial of the US Open.
Both players were tight, which caused them to make an unusual number of unforced errors, but, on the other hand, many of the points were phenomenal displays of athleticism and shot making. It was a tense, well executed, dogfight. Novak won the first set, breaking Rodger three times. Rodger rallied to win the second set. At the beginning of the third set, it was anybody’s match, but then Novak dug deep and found a higher level of focus. He simply shut out all the distractions that plagued him in the first two sets, and zeroed in on playing his best. And when he finds that level, that in-the-zone level, he’s unbeatable. He won the third set by a hair, and won the forth set, also by a hair.
This win is Novak’s tenth grand slam title, ranking him with the all-time greats of the game. He was born in Belgrade, Serbia and is currently ranked world No. 1 in men’s singles. He married last year and is a resent father.
There was a lot of discussion by commentators on whether, at age 28, Novak can catch or surpass Rodger Federer’s 18 grand slam titles. My take on it is, if he can play as long as Rodger (6 more years) then yes. Time will tell.