Both nik and RC sent me this link. It includes a video talking about the knees where a physical therapist pretty much says, “it’s too early for him to be 100% again.”
The rest of the article is happier as it talks about the match. You know, that one that had you transfixed to the TV for hours on end? The one that had your stomach in knots, your nerves frayed, and your pets and family members doubting your sanity? You know, the 2008 Wimbledon Final. (For those of you in the US who get The Tennis Channel, the match will be aired twice this week.)
“I didn’t think they were going to play that well, both of them,” Borg told ESPN producer Aarthi Rajaraman several months ago. “That’s the best tennis match I’ve ever seen in my life. I was just happy to be there, to be part of that final.
“You cannot see a better tennis match.”
Sampras, who watched on television, agreed.
“The match,” he said, “transcended the sport.”
Indeed. I know people who’ve never watched a tennis match in their lives until that one. A guy at work said he’s always thought tennis was boring, but couldn’t find anything else on that day and ended up transfixed for the whole thing.
Todd Martin, the retired ATP player, also watched on television.
“They’re playing 85 feet from each other, and the way the sport is played today it’s not a quick process to get to the culmination,” Martin said. “It is a slow crescendo. They’re both such amazing shot-makers that the slow crescendo results in a tremendous boom.
“From a tactical standpoint, maybe it wasn’t the best match ever played, but from a viewing perspective it was incredibly compelling. On top of the beauty of the points and the nature of the athletics, there was great, almost unbearable drama.”
It was indeed a wonderful and intense slow crescendo. I’ve watched the AO semi and final recently. And while both were epic, neither had the plot line and slow steady build of the match. So much was on the line, so much history with either outcome, and both players wanted that win so intensely. It could have been a cluster of tension, nerves and chokes, and, while the match wasn’t completely free of those things, instead of succumbing to them both players raised their level over and over during the course of the match. Just when you thought things couldn’t get better, they did. Just when you thought there was no way the match was ever going to end, it did. Just when you thought there couldn’t be a winner, there was.