Sunday, March 18, 2007
Well I was absolutely wrong in my picks of the Indian Wells Final 4. I picked both SFs wrong!
Rafa sonned A-Rod (see photo - mild no John Amechi disclaimer though for Rafa) in SF1, while Young Djok took out the Great Scot Murray in SF2. It turns out Murray was not really in playing shape, due to injury sustained in the prior QF match v Haas, which was a 3rd set tiebreaker thriller finish which each dude having 2 MPs (match points) in the 'breaka.
In the final just now I see on my internets scoreboard that in the Final Rafa sonned Djokovic 62 75.
Rafa maintains GOHG (Greatest of his Generation) status, of the mid & late "80s babies". This win should silence his "haters" that claim he's a "clay court specialist". No doubt clay is his best surface, but reaching the Wimby final on grass, and winning 3 hard court Masters shields, demonstrates world class competence on fast courts also.
Young Djok will enter the Top10 of the ranking off the strength of his final appearance. Novak "ain't no Djoke" (c) Rakim.
This match was a battle of the Mid&Late80s babies generation. Rafa & Djok are the 2 highest ranked players from this talented generation, which also contains Murray, Berdych, Gasquet, Monfils, Querrey & Almagro. These young dudes form this generation that may have a chance to take the #1 spot once Fed, aka the Sportsman of the Decade, starts falling off some due to age, since these younglings have a 5+ yr youth edge on The Mighty Fed.
Although Fed is so ill that I wouldn't be surprised if he holds on to the #1 spot (no Ludacris) for another 5 years to age 30, at which point a 90s baby takes over. You read it here first!