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Monday, June 22, 2009


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The sports event of the year for me. Shame I have to tear myself away from the screen to work.
Day One today, and already the highly promising 15-year-old Brit Laura Robson, given a wild card into the championship, is out - but losing to an ex-top 10 player once ranked as high as no.5 in the women's game, and not going down in straight sets either. Her day will come. And with Nadal out of the tournament through injury, will the day have arrived for Andy Murray? Personally I'm still rooting for Roger F, surely the greatest player the game has ever seen. I was delighted that he won the French Open at last, and I'd like to see him win Wimbledon (again) too.


Anonymous Kieran said...

Roger reminds me of Napoleon's description of a great general: he's lucky with his enemies...

4:58 pm  
Anonymous sixties said...

Bob Dylan is my favorite singer of all times. An exceptional product of the sixties culture, he has it all: the lyrics, the voice and the looks!

6:21 pm  
Blogger Michael Gray said...

Not necessarily, Roger.

Er, thanks, sixties.

11:14 am  
Blogger Michael Gray said...

Oops... that should be "Not necessarily, Kieran." (And is meant to mean that he hasn't been especially lucky in having Raffa as an almost inevitable opponent so often in the last couple of years.)

11:18 am  
Anonymous Kieran said...

Ah yeah, but given that there are only two great players playing now, what does this tell us? Nadal tends to beat him.

Poor Nadal is missed this Wimbledon. His rivalray with Roger is the greatest in sports, but Roger has been lucky that he racked up so many slams against baghdatis, gonzo, Roddick, Hewitt etc before Nadal hit his prime - and promptly got injured, giving Roger Paris against Soderling.

Napoleon once said (harumph) that the definition of a great general is that he's....

10:59 pm  

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