Monday, September 10, 2007

Roger Federer owns US Open

For this past week, up to and including the men's finals played in the late afternoon match on Sunday, I have watched Roger Federer win and opponents fall. And many in the world watched as Federer won his 4th US Open, Federer takes 4th US Open. I'm not even a novice when it comes to tennis, just a spectator. I cannot match the critique and fine-tuned analysis of the tennis experts but I do know mastery when I see it and Sunday I would have liked to have seen even more. Many of the experts speculated on "how do you beat Federer?" Why should that be the attitude? You win by playing better, much better but therein lies the challenge. Federer seemed to give Novak Djokovic many opportunities but I don't think that's really what we saw. To me, what we saw was a champion "in the zone", focused and dedicated to letting his opponent bring the game to him - not Federer dictating the game. He's Swiss and he's as smooth as a fine-tuned Swiss watch known for such perfection and elegance that the simple act of keeping time is made to look easy. But Federer is not mechanical; he is artistic; he is tennis. I would have preferred to see Federer play Moya or Ferrer in the finals because I believe they let the game come to them as does Federer and are both too good to have beaten themselves. Roger Federer is a master, a seemingly genteel man with poise and chilvary who presses and has no fear of the net, no fear of his opponents. He allows opponents to play "their" game. When he decides, he spikes from the net, takes the point, and plays on to the next point. Long live Federer! Federer's secret - aside from being good - he has respect for himself, for his opponents, and for the love of his life - Lady Tennis! Federer is the Knight of the Tennis Court and he even wore his Tux!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beach Girl,

The Federer-Djokovic match was, indeed, a great game, and Federer is surely one of the all-time greatest tennis players. However, in my opinion, Federer is not sole owner of the U.S. Open. The undersized and explosive Justine Henin was just as compelling in her U.S. Open win as was Federer. This was Henin's second U.S. Open win, and this year she had to beat both Serena and Venus Williams just to get to the finals. I salute Federer and Henin, as co-owners of the U. S. Open. Allez, racketeers!

2:24 PM  
Blogger Cassandra said...

Hi Beach,
Just to ask if you have any info on the following: I had a hitch in my feed the other day, which may be the reason I dropped off the bloggregator. I asked Dumb Ox to put me back on. Since I had no reply , and I also saw no posts of his on the gator, I guesed that perhaps he was on vacation. But on the feedrader all is working fine. Also I see no posts of yours on the gator. Do you have any info what's going on?

6:04 PM  
Blogger Cassandra said...

Must say I'm surprised.

6:50 AM  
Blogger Jeffrey Dach MD said...

What is Roger's Secret Weapon?

Of course, Roger Federer is a gifted athlete, but could he have a secret weapon that gives him an edge on the tennis court? You might be surprised to know that Roger Federer makes use of gadget called a BEMER. This is a portable pulsed magnetic field device which speeds healing of muscle and tendons after tough tennis matches. According to the BEMER web site, Roger and many other athletes have been using portable pulsed magnetic therapy units regularly.

Read more at my Roger Federer Newsletter

Jeffrey Dach MD

12:18 AM  
Blogger falcon_01 said...

You still out there?

1:53 PM  
Blogger Douglas V. Gibbs said...

Haven't seen you post in a long while. Hope all is fine.

2:55 PM  
Blogger Beach Girl said...

Falcon, Douglas - still here just took a month off. Needed to do some counted cross-stitch, a wonderfully mind-numbing, yet creative activity. And a real fun time when you miss count - ugh!

BoBill - yes, Henin did a masterful job. I just so much enjoyed watching the US Open - such a great change from politics and so great to watch those grand athletes do their thing. On Federer, I really think the only way to "beat" him is for players to learn how they would beat themselves. He seems to let them bring the game to him and seems to play the game he is given.

To "Anonymous" - I seldom publish comments from "Anonymous", and simply delete the ones lecturing to me. I've "enjoyed" enough lectures throughout my academic life. You, Anonymous, can take me to task here with your comments and tell me how I'm "going to Hell" for sure but you won't get any "air-time" here. Pah-lese, don't waste your time. Generally, I see "anonymous" and delete the comment; sometimes I read them but very seldom publish them.

12:22 PM  

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