Posted on: July 6, 2008 7:57 pm

An exciting time for individual sports

I watched what I believe to be the greatest tennis match in my life today. Rafael Nadal defeated Roger Federer in a five-set marathon, thus ending Federer's run of five consecutive Wimbledon titles. That fourth-set tiebreak was about as thrilling as any I saw given the ramifications. Each player made big shots.

After the match you could tell that Federer was on the brink of tears. That loss stung and it was written all over his face. Nadal was brilliant. We have ourselves the best rivalry in tennis since Sampras and Agassi.

When I watched that U.S. Open golf playoff between an injured Tiger Woods and Rocco Mediate last month, I didn't think it could be topped in terms of excitement. The way that Mediate failed to back down. He wasn't at all intimidated by Woods and competed as if he could really win that playoff.

Needless to say, we've seen two terrific head-to-head performances in the last month.

We've got the U.S. Open tennis tournament coming up. It'll give Federer an opportunity to strike back. Nadal is now the one to beat. He's younger, stronger, faster and mentally tough.

Posted on: January 23, 2008 12:12 pm
Edited on: January 25, 2008 6:02 pm

Tennis in the United States

I had a conversation with our Tennis producer about a lack of talented men's tennis players in the United States. So, what's going on? Why is it that we aren't generating players with the talent and heart of Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe, Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras? I would even settle for Michael Chang or Jim Courier.

The closest we've come to Chang and Courier is Andy Roddick, and he hasn't been able to take his game to the next level. James Blake has shown some promise, but he, too, has suffered from injuries that have affected his consistency and level of play. Should I even mention Mardy Fish?

Getting back to my original question, is tennis an after-thought for our young ones, who are steered toward football, basketball, and to a lesser degree, soccer and baseball?

I'll end by saying I really enjoyed watching Connors, McEnroe, Agassi and Sampras play back in the day. I can't say this to be the case for Roddick and Blake.

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