January 26, 2008

Chaos reigns supreme - Men's final preview

Atheists might like it, but I myself am a little scared. When our Heavenly father was mercilessly slain by the Joker in the men's semifinal on Friday it set the stage for a Major final not including either Nadal or Federer for the first time since Marat Safin's Aussie Open triumph in 2005.

Can Tsonga walk on water? Will Novak perform a miracle of epic proportions? Frankly, I fear that god's presence will be sorely missed by us little creatures. And yet it is true, God is dead, and death be not proud.

So in a matchup of two extremely talented, previously uncrowned heirs to the throne, unseeded and charismatic upstart Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will go against Djokovic, who has been knocking on the door by making it to the semifinals of the last four majors.

Both have been sensational thus far in the tourney, and both are gracious and entertaining on the court. One can only hope that their games and personalities clash in such a way as to make this an affair to remember.

The match will air live @ 0030 pacific time, 0330 eastern, on espn 2.

- Only one other Frenchman -- Yannick Noah at Roland Garros in 1983 - has won a grand slam title in the Open era.
- Tsonga began the tournament with a 5-4 record at Grand Slam tournaments and has never won a tour event of any kind.
- Djokovic leads the tourney with 36 break points converted.
- Tsonga has 85 aces thus far to Djokovic's 56.
- The two finalists have never met before.


The Princess runs away with it in straight sets!

I can't honestly say that this was a particularly impressive or captivating final. Both girls can really slug it out from the baseline, there is no doubt about that, but neither displayed any finesse at all. I think there were two volleys the whole match.

I don't know, maybe it's because I don't like listening to the Princess shreik. Or watching her father pump his fists. I can't really explain it. But I'm not thrilled about the results on the women's side. Hopefully Tsonga and Djokovic will give me something to remember tonight.

As cute and wonderful as Ivanovic is, she played tight and even when Sharapova handed her a first set break by double-faulting three times in one game, she handed it right back.

The result? Yet another straight set drubbing. Yawn.

But don't let me take anything away from Sharapova, she really slugged the ball effectively, and she was very accurate. Her serve was awesome and her intensity was laudable. If she continues to play this way she may grab a few more trophies this year before it's all over.

That being said, I miss the old Sharapova, the one with the bad shoulder, the one who sits quietly while other, better-behaved girls, compete for major championships.

What can I say, I follow my heart, and my heart says that until Sharapova has her vocal chords removed voluntarily, I'll never be thrilled about her winning a title, no matter how great she plays.