Song of the week: Oh Honey - Be Okay (Dzeko & Torres Remix)
In the beginning of 2014, I made my top 5 picks for 2014. With the exception of del Potro being out with an injury and Vasek recovering from that back injury, I think some have exceeded my exception. With that said, Stan Wawrinka did beat Novak and eventually won Aussie Open. Rafa may not be of complete form this year but still managed to win his 9th Roland Garros, making it 14 grand slams. Dimitrov made Aussie Open QF and pushed Rafa to the limit, won three titles on three different courts, played Wimbledon SF and matched Djokovic quite evenly, and has broken into the top 10. Finally, Vasek WON his first Wimbledon doubles final with Jack Sock. The year is not over, Rafael Nadal has quite the points to defend and I really hope he returns to form. In terms of who will win Wimbledon this year, I think if Federer can make it today, he has a better shot based on how Djokovic has played so far.
All in all, very proud of Grigor’s progress since last year. Also impressed with Nick Kyrgios and actually predicted he would beat Rafa in all honesty, especially after this 19 year old saved 9 match points against Richard Gasquet. The last 19 year old to beat world number 1 was Rafa vs. Roger at Roland Garros 2005, where he won his first grand slam. Definitely embracing the new generation a lot more this year. Transition years are always fun as the old champions battle the future stars, making most matches go to 4 or 5 sets. Looking forward to the US Open Series and a time difference that is actually manageable.
Sorry if I’ve been MIA for a while. Between World Cup and Wimbledon, I will be pulling double duty. (USA gave me a heart attack today).
That being said, I realized I never posted how proud I was of Rafa for winning his 9th Roland Garros. But I think everyone knows by now how I feel :) Bring on the next couple of weeks. My dark horse picks for Wimby is definitely Grigor Dimitrov and Roberto Bautista Agut. The two of them have really impressed me over the last year. Kei Nishikori and Stan Wawrinka also have a chance. Unfortunately, Rafa’s draw is quite difficult so hopefully he is moving well and serving well. This is the first time I actually don’t see a clear winner for Wimbledon, so I hope the underdogs rise to the occasion.
Now enjoy this awesome commercial by VISA! Nobel Laureates love soccer too.