Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Terre Batu, I love you!

Tennis slams are brutal, especially for the men. It takes 7 match wins in a best of 5 sets format. The French open has just begun on the beaten earth of Roland Garros (of course its been going on long enough for all American male players to already have been eliminated). The main story again this year is Federer vs. Nadal.

That's Roger Federer, the Swiss tennis god profiled in the current Men's Vogue who has won 6 of the last 8 grand slams vs. Rafael Nadal, the Spanish beast profiled in the current GQ who has won the other two, namely the last two French opens, beating Fed in the semis and finals.

Federer had been slumping after winning the Australian open this year (beaten twice in the US this spring by Willie "cream and clear" Canas) but he made things interesting by beating Nadal in the finals of Hamburg on clay, his first win against Rafa on clay and Rafa's first loss on clay to anyone in his last 81 matches on the surface. However, Nadal won the other three big Euro clay tourneys (Rome, Barcelona, and Monte Carlo) and is 5-1 vs. Federer on clay

I'm picking Rafa to become the first man in history to win the French the first three years he played it. Who you got?