We watched a bit of Andy Murray’s upset victory over Rafael Nadal on Sunday in the U.S. Open semifinals in New York. It was an impressive display of tennis to be sure, and is there anybody on God’s green earth better at calling an epic tennis match than Dick Enberg? We seriously doubt it.
Anywho, Murray earned the chance to face perhaps the greatest tennis player in the history of mankind in Roger Federer tonight at 5 p.m. on CBS. Not a bad little time slot for the final either. We can roll right into Monday Night Football.
So, does the tall Scotsman have a chance? We lean toward no.
He was absolutely exhausted after ousting Nadal on Sunday, so it’s hard to imagine he’ll have much left in the tank against Federer. Then again, it is his first Grand Slam final, so if adrenaline can’t carry him through he should probably stop playing tennis at the ripe old age of 21.
And if he can beat Nadal he can certainly beat Federer. (Surely you can see me trying to talk myself into it through this post. I’m almost there).
I’ve also been saying for some time now that I think Federer is on the inevitably tennis downturn. He is 27 now and that’s a lot in tennis and dog years.
But Pete Samras won his final U.S. Open in 2002 at the age of 31.
Prediction: Federer in four sets.