Today marked the start of the summer tennis season, my favorite under-sung sport of the last few years. Mostly under-sung, at least on the men’s side, because we are witnessing absolute and utter world domination by two players, neither of whom are American. Which makes it hard to know who to cheer for, you know?
Nadal set the men’s record today, winning his 29th straight match at Roland-Garros. Not too shabby. He’s aiming to be the first player to ever win 5 straight French Opens, which I assume would cement his reputation as the best claycourt player of all time.
Of course, he is well on his way towards nosing his way into the conversation as one of the greatest players of all time, having unseated Federer at Wimbledon last year as well, pulling off the extremely rare clay/grass same-year twofer – the last player to do so was Bjorn Borg in 1980. He also won his first hardcourt major in Sydney earlier this year.
At the same time, Federer actually beat Nadal, on clay, a few weeks back, a move that has to give him a little confidence and might help exorcize some remaining demons from last year’s 6-1, 6-3, 6-0 demolition at Nadal’s hands in the French Final.
I, for one, cannot wait to see these two meet up, yet again, in the finals this year, and I’m looking forward to another summer of tennis excitement!