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Embrace the moment


So there are two options for today’s final: lament that it will not pit Rafael Nadal against Roger Federer, and refuse to watch as a result.

Or embrace the fact that a) Roger Federer still has a chance to salvage this season; and b) that he’s by no means a lock to do so.

I know, I know. Andy Murray doesn’t quite have the same Q-rating that the certain biceped left-hander would bring. I would have liked to cover a Wimbledon rematch, and I’m pretty sure everyone outside of the U.K. feels the same way. But Murray has his own appeal: an up-and-coming talent who could simultaneously enjoy  a career breakthrough, and give Britain its first men’s Grand Slam champion in 72 years.

And then there’s Federer. When you think about it, given the struggles the four-time defending champion has endured this year, it doesn’t really matter who he plays. If he ends up winning today, it’s still a return to prominence for a player mired in a season-long funk.

But again, that’s not neccessarily a sure thing…

This entry was posted on Monday, September 8th, 2008 at 4:24 pm by Sam Weinman. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
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