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Tennis anyone?

by on Jan.24, 2008, under Tennis

Only because it is cold outside, can’t play golf, and had to work tonight…. I spent a little time shuffling through the TV stations this afternoon.
For the most part of 100 percent, I’m not a tennis fan but know who the big boys and girls are and some of the history, so it wasn’t a difficult decision to tune in this afternoon on ESPN when I saw Rafael Nadal in trouble against unseeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the Australian Open semifinals.

When I tuned in, they were midway through the second set with Tsonga already ahead and up with a 6-2 win in the first set. Here he is, playing the No.2 ranked player in the world so you figured it just just a bad start for Nadal.

You were glued to the tube watching Tsonga with his 133 mph serves and his huge groundstrokes. He covered the court like a gazelle. Nadal didn’t play that bad — he didn’t have nearly as many unforced errors as Tsonga — but the Frenchman just did the right things at the right time.

He had already beaten three seeded players earlier in the tournament. He faced only one break points and that was in the third set. and he saved all three of them.

I just read a quick Associated Press story on Tsonga and he has been beset by injuries dating back to 2004, one of the reasons you, or I, hadn’t heard of him.

Tsonga is a dashing look-a-like to Muhammad Ali. Roger Federer looms as his probable opponent in the championship, so the road just gets tougher.

But it was great tennis, the kind I’m sure Glenn Edwards and Judy Marcus really appreciate.

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