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Friday, November 14, 2008

RIP Roger

I have the utmost respect for this great champion, but after watching him lose to Gilles Simon, wheels but not too many deals, Murray the Delicate, and a slew of other giant killers. I hate to say it, but it's not Roger's time anymore. And moreover, it's absolutely amazing how fast the decline is.

Roger is magic. He can do everything and well, BUT now so can all the youngsters. It's amazing that at the Master's Cup he was the oldest. Nowak is 21, Nadal is 22, Tsonga 24, Murray 24, Simon 23, etc.

What I really notice is that after or in long rallies, the kids win. And the kids can fly--they can nail it, drop it, volley it, serve it, and smash it. They can do everything, also.

And Simon can play, but to me, he's really like a gazelle that has one or two horns--he is incredibly fast, but weapons, more like a combination of his entire game. And Murray is just not that strong mentally, BUT he is very talented so if he's not performing at 100%, it's enough. At one point in the second set, 5-2--he had lost 2 points in his service game--and after the announcer said that, he got broken.

The best line I heard from Vijay (And that's not v-deejay) is only one number one player has returned to a number one ranking after losing it. Lendl.

After years of cheering against Roger, because he was just so damn good. I think it's time to cheer for him. The wins are going to be harder to come by.

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