Roger vs. Novak Once Again 5

We tennis fans are so blessed when Grand Slam finals are contested by #1 vs #2. In this era we have seen it many times as Roger, Rafa, Novak and Andy have faced off. And we are often presented with a greatest match of all times.

People have been writing me since Friday wanting to know who I think will win this battle of our two very best.

My hope and thought is that this match has the potential of being like the first Rocky vs. Apollo fight. A fight where both landed a knockout punch to end the match.

Tennis though can’t end like that. Someone wins the last point.

I hope that this is a match where there are two winners. Novak the best player of the last few years. Roger the best player over the last two months.

I want Roger to win.

I want Novak to play extraordinary tennis and to push Roger to a match that will be remembered forever.

Sorry for hedging on who I think will win but, really, who can possibly know?

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5 thoughts on “Roger vs. Novak Once Again

  • Irwin Shorr

    Right on, Bob — we all hope for a great final, which is never guaranteed — it is not unusual for a final to be less than great tennis, but here we are with the 2 best players on the planet in the finals. Fed is always the fan favorite — his on and off court demeanor is his trademark, his personal signature on everything that he does — no whimpers or frowns, no grunting or complaints — just tennis, and great tennis it is. It is unlikely that we will ever see the beauty of the style of play that Fed owns. I’m a Roger Federer fan as so many of us are and I hope that he wins, too, but as Bob has often put it, Novac “finds a way” to work his way out of ANY tough situation — match points against him is never a threat, never a guarantee — he is the ultimate warrior, the apex of champions — he NEVER gives up, NEVER surrenders. As Cliff Drysdale, the once great player and TV commentator says, “Fasten your seatbelts” since, hopefully, we will be in for one heck of a ride today. By the way, Brad Gilbert just explained on TV in the pre-game show that he gives both Novac and Fed equal supreme scores for movement. Speaking of movement, have any of you seen Bob Litwin move on a court? I have — I often say that Bob is as slender as a greyhound and moves like a gazelle — blink and he’s there… Keep on blogging, Bob and keep on playing!