Friday, January 30, 2009

2nd Greatest Match ever?

For those lucky enough to be able to stay up for the 3:30am match of #1 Rafael Nadal and Fernando Verdasco got to see what may possibly already be the best match of the year, and also now the longest match EVER in Australian Open history!

Verdasco is the man that has not only been upsetting higher seeds for 3 rounds now, including favorite Andy Murray and last year's Aussie runner up Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. But Verdasco is more as he's been Nadal's doubles teammate for Davis Cup as a fellow Spaniard, and the 2 are good friends.

This match, for those who missed it, went the distance of 5 sets; but more than just 5 sets, THREE of the sets needed tie-breakers. In all the final tally came up: 6-7, 6-4, 7-6, 6-7 & 6-4. With both men literally collapsing in exhaustion when the match finally ended, you really felt bad simply because both men surely deserved the win after all they'd put into the match, but alas Nadal came out the winner.

This of course sets up a Federer vs. Nadal rematch of the epic Wimbledon match widely acclaimed as the best match in tennis history. I will honestly say Nadal-Verdasco can give that match a run but would fall 2nd in all time, but will most definitely go down as the best match of Australian Open history.

It begs two questions I know we're all chomping at the bit to see in a days time.

1) Will Nadal be able to rest and recover from this match enough to contend with a well rested Roger Federer.

2a) Will Nadal and Federer be able to put on a bigger show than Nadal just did with Verdasco & will it live up to the hype of 'Wimbledon Best Match Ever' rematch!?

We can only wait a day to watch, but in the meantime; don't miss out on Serena Williams and Dinara Safina vying to take over the #1 ranking in Women's tennis late tonight(tomorrow morning)

p.s. for those who missed the Nadal-Verdasco match: head here for some highlights feel free to tell ESPN they might wanna put a #1 by Nadal's name seeing as he's the #1 ranked player and all.


Goose said...

I just felt bad for Verdasco and for ending the match the way it did. Nearly 100 winners? That's insane.

Also, was it me or did Verdasco look like he could go another 8-10 games? Nadal looked pooped.

Allen Wedge said...

I agree, Verdasco looked ready to continue on while Nadal just looked done, reminded me of Djokovic after his match with Baghdatis.

Just hope Nadal can get enough rest to contend with a fully rested Federer.