Last night, I'm out having a couple of beers with a buddy of mine. This guy really isn't much of a tennis fan, but he asked me about the Australian Open and my blogging, as a good friend would because he knows that's what I'm into. Anyway, I told him how I predicted Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer would make the finals. He said to me, "Aren't they the top two players in the world? You really went out there on a limb with that call!"
We laughed and I mentioned to him how Rafa had yet to play, so it wasn't a done deal yet, even though I was certain he was going to make it. How could Fernando Verdasco mount any opposition, even though he's been playing the best tennis of his career over the past two months?
Well, I almost ended up on the wrong side of that call because Verdasco gave everything he had and then some. I can't remember the last time I enjoyed watching someone get so fired up in a match!
And I have to say, there's something to be said about being on a baby's schedule: I was able to watch the match from the third set on while playing with the youngster at the crack (well, before crack) of dawn.
The dream final is set, which at least lets me save face in my friend's eyes! But wow, such a tough break for Verdasco. I wouldn't have minded if he won at all after that effort.
An old friend of mine and I used to talk tennis for hours, whether it was our own games or what was happening in the pros. I've started Tennis Talk, Anyone? to, well, talk tennis with an even broader crowd! My name is Van Sias and I've been playing for 20 years now, and not only am I player, I'm a huge fan of the game as well: pro, amateur, you name it. I'll post links to news items related to the sport, and offer my own personal opinion, predictions and hopefully get some of yours as well.