January 30, 2009

What a match!!

Five hours and fourteen minutes. That's how long it took Nadal to defeat his fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in the Australian Open Semi Final. Five sets of uninterrupted entertainment. It was one match that had my loyalties swaying by the set. At the end of the first set that Fernando won, all I wanted was for Nadal to win the match and take on Federer in the finals. But as the match progressed, I could not but help admire the strapping Fernando who saved break points, hit winners across the court and gave that wonderful resigned smile each time his challenge went against his favor by a minuscule margin.

The match that stood at 6-7,6-4,7-6,6-7 at the end of the fourth set still had so much to offer. Though both the lefties were tired and sweat drenched by then, they continued their attempt at securing a berth at the finals with equal gusto. Verdasco was putting enough pressure on Nadal and it was obvious on his face as he scrambled all over chasing the ball and matching his opponent with his best. Ultimately, when Nadal who got the better of his opponent in the nail biting encounter,I did heave a sigh of relief. Nadal, who did not get it all easily, threw himself on the ground to celebrate the end of one of the best matches ever!

I can't wait for the final showdown on Sunday. The World no.1 and 2 come face to face again. All I can pray for is a repeat of their previous Grand slam encounter ;). FedEx must have gotten enough rest and also watched the match today.Am just hoping that a day is sufficient for Nadal to recover and pull out all stops to get the title. Before I forget, Verdasco has a big fan in me now. Hope he continues his form. Once again, whatta match it was today!!!

p.s. It seems like the day of records. Can't tell you how delighted I am that SA have finally managed to dethrone the Aussies as the no.1 ODI team. It is more of contentment over the fact that the Aussie reign has ended than being genuinely happy for the Proteas. ;)


  1. Extraordinary game of tennis!We were all glued to our seats for 5 full hours,Awesome! Verdasco was brilliant,stroke after stroke,volley after volley he matched his fellow Spaniard though finally my fav Rafa won for his ultra super athleticism and sheer class.Hope Rafa recovers fast and will be at his best when he encounters Fedx.I wanna see the repeat of Wimbledon-08 finals again on Sunday @ Arthurashe Arena.

  2. Amen!! I can't hope for anything more!!

  3. although i want nadal to win ,if the final match goes to 5th set, i would back Federer to win it @ ROD LAVER ARENA.

    & Bharath , Lets hope they meet again at the Arthurashe arena in september!! :P

  4. doesn't verdasco look a bit like Ronaldo??
    anyway hope to see more of him in the future.

  5. Exactly. Verdasco looks a lot like CRo.
    And whichever Arena they are meeting in, i am backing Nadal!