Wimbledon Update

Wow! Today was packed full of incredible tennis matches at Wimbledon. Thank goodness, too, because the weather has dampened most of this year’s championships (pun intended). Nadal, Federer, and Venus Williams all played excellent tennis and easily won their matches just as I’d expected. However, the really interesting storylines came from the following matches.

Djokovic def. Baghdatis 7-5 in the fifth set
Baghdatis became one of my favorite tennis players with his 2006 breakout season. Djokovic has had an impressive 2007 breakout season and I’ve been pulling for him in recent tournaments. This was a tough call, but I was pulling for Baghdatis. They played high quality tennis for over 4.5 hours and showcased their tennis talents and sportsmanship. Their behavior today is an example to athletes everywhere.

Gasquet def. Roddick 8-6 in the fifth set
Woohoo! Go home Roddick!!! Gasquet demonstrated his undying belief in himself and exploited Roddick’s lack of self-confidence. Roddick looked to be only minutes from winning this match and then he once again demonstrated that he’s never going to live up to the hype.

Bartoli def. Henin 1-6, 7-5, 6-1
Everyone had expected to see Henin vs. Venus Williams in tomorrow’s Ladies Finals. Henin seemed to have this match won and then, with nothing to lose, Bartoli began letting her strokes fly…and they fell in.

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