Tuesday, June 9, 2009

State of confusion

Sorry I haven't been on the blog the past couple of days, especially since we all got to witness a bit of history in the making. I haven't been particularly busy or anything.

You know what I have been, though?


Yep, that's it. I've been wrestling with the idea that the tennis world as I've known in and thought I would know it has been turned upside down and I don't know how to react. I still don't, really, which adds up to me being confused. If you notice, I have a little poll posted asking if Roger Federer's the greatest of all time after he completed his career Slam. It's hard for me to argue against his numbers, but by the same token, it's hard for me to support his numbers compared to what others have accomplished.

I do know for sure Federer is one of the most likable, captivating players I can recall ever watching and I was so happy to see him win the other day because nobody deserves it like this guy. And I didn't post anything adding to the GOAT debate because I didn't want my little meager thoughts to intrude upon a joyous moment for fans everywhere, including me. I don't want that to sound like I was going to say something negative about him. Maybe it's just not really the time to debate it or think about his standing in history. I'll leave that poll up, though, over there on the side. Funny thing is, I haven't even voted on it yet. Know why?

I guess I'm still torn.

(Photo: Getty Images)


hcfoo said...

Hi Van! How are you doing?

Honestly, the GOAT or not GOAT debate will continue unless Roger accomplished at least a calendar GS or maybe 15 GS or more.

Although it wasn't an ideal final, I still thought it was a wonderful win from the great Federer. Lovin' the competitive tennis in this era!

tennischick said...

you're not alone -- a lot of folks are torn over this one. and not all are Nadal fans either!

freakyfrites said...

I don't really care about the GOAT debate, I'm just glad that Roger did the "minimum" he needed to do to shut the tv commentators up about it. And I think he's relieved, too.

But Van, I'm curious about this statement: "It's hard for me to argue against his numbers, but by the same token, it's hard for me to support his numbers compared to what others have accomplished."

Can you tell us what you mean by that? Is it the Rod Laver double Grand Slam, Rafa's FO/Wimby combo? Do you think the competition was tougher during the Sampras era?

You gotta tell us!

van said...

• Hey HCFoo! I'm good, how are you? It was an awesome result, and you're right: It seems like the GOAT debate will go on forever!

• Hey Tennischick, I feel like I need help clearing this up!

• What's up, Freakyfrites? I think he's relieved, too. I was telling someone this a couple of years ago that until he won the French, I was going to pull for him to do it because I think he deserved it with being such a great champion. I wish Ivan Lendl would've won Wimbledon for the same reason, too.

As for what I mean by that statement, I promise I'll be writing something on it soon!

freakyfrites said...

Okay, Van, I'll be eagerly awaiting your take!