June 5, 2011
Roger vs. Rafa (again)
The SDP Headquarters will be shutting down today for the men's final of the French Open. Roger Federer played one heck of a brilliant semi-final match Friday to advance to the finals and attempt to add one more title to his already record breaking 16 grand slam victories. In the process, he denied his opponent Novak Djokovic the world #1 ranking and stopped Djokovic's winning streak at 42. Go Roger! In Rog's way to grand slam title #17 is his arch rival....this man...
...Rafa Nadal. Rafa is attempting to tie Bjorn Borg's amazing record of winning six French Opens. Rafa just turned 25 and as long as his body holds out, is expected to play for at least a few more years. Roger, on the other hand, (I hate to actually write these words), is in the twilight of his career. He turns 30 this summer and has said he will play at least through the 2012 Olympics. Not only is he a top competitor, but a generous philanthropist and a kind spirit. You never hear a bad word about Roger. So, with all that...who knows if we'll see another Roger-Rafa grand slam final ever again? I have two words: GO ROGER! (As an aside, I took both these shots last year on center court during the Sony Ericsson Open on Key Biscayne.)