Sunday, August 17, 2008
That's it for the Olympics; all of us tennis fans can start gearing up for the U.S. Open!
Just kidding about the Olympics being over, of course. But the tennis event has wrapped up with all the medals being awarded. I just want to reminisce about what I thought was a pretty good event; actually, the best Olympics ever tennis-wise:
• Rafa rolls on: Rafael Nadal did what a number one is supposed to do: dominate. There was an early hiccup, but he stormed through the rest of the draw, and blasted Fernando Gonzalez in straights in the gold-medal match. Here he comes, New York!
• A clean sweep: Elena Dementieva won the gold, beating one of the hottest players on the planet, Dinara Safina. And the two Russians were joined on the medal stand by another countrywoman, Vera Zvonareva, who took the bronze. A special congrats, though, to Elena, who as I mentioned before, is as determined an athlete as they come.
• Proving his mettle: Roger Federer bounced back from a tough loss in singles to take the gold with Stan Wawrinka. Like Jimmy Arias and Barry Mackay said while they were calling the match, it was great to see one of the best players ever get so pumped up for a doubles match. Maybe THIS will be the win to get R-Fed back on track.
• The Major difference: Whenever Venus and Serena Williams decide to play doubles, which they only do at the big events, the rest of the field can pretty much forget about it. They, like Federer, put their quarterfinal defeats behind them and went on to take the gold in doubles.
And congrats to all the other medal winners and players that made deep runs in the draw. You know, way back in the year, I was worried this Olympics might follow others of the year in being kind of mediocre. I'm glad I was proven wrong!
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