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So Close

Roger Federer has never won the French Open. But he’s reached the finals and if he wins tomorrow he’ll tie Pete Sampras for the most all-time Grand Slams (Sampras never won the French either). I’ll be pulling for him.


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1 The Hawk   ~  Jun 6, 2009 10:16 am

Me too. I'd like to have seen him get past Nadal, but that may be asking too much.

2 Ken Arneson   ~  Jun 6, 2009 11:22 am

As a Swede, it is my duty to disagree with you.

3 Chyll Will   ~  Jun 6, 2009 11:37 am

I'm sure I'm alone in this, but I always find myself rooting for a champion at the end of his run. I rooted for Pete Sampras when Federer was taking his spot, and now I root for Federer as Nadal takes his spot. Strange, but that's probably one of the very few reasons I pay attention to tennis.

4 The Hawk   ~  Jun 6, 2009 12:05 pm

[3] That makes sense to me. Tennis is such a youth-oriented game, there's a certain romance to the guys and gals nearing the end of their careers, going for one ... last ... win!

5 mehmattski   ~  Jun 6, 2009 12:12 pm

I agree, Chyll. Agassi-Blake in the quarterfinals of the 2005 US Open was a perfect example of that. I stayed up until 2 AM to watch Agassi win 3-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6). And then came one of the best post-match lines ever:

"I wasn't the winner," Agassi told the cheering throng at Arthur Ashe Stadium. "Tennis was."

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