It wasn't enough that Andy Murray was back on Ashe less than twenty four hours after completing his match against Rafael Nadal on Sunday. It wasn't enough that Murray had played a lot more tennis than his opponent who by the way faced a qualifier in his quarter final match, and Novak Djokovic in his semi. Novak by the way had less than a days rest as well since he and Roger played the first semi but you already knew that.
No that wasn't enough. I'm not sure who was calling lines today but there was Murray up 15-40 in the second set and Federer hit a ball that was out by a country mile. No call. Reflexively Murray returned the shot, it was sent back and then Murray asked about the ball that was out. Murray, if he had challenged, would've won that game and put his nose in front.
But there wasn't just one bad call. There was a second one in the same set that handed the set to Roger 7-5.
Let's be clear. No matter who won yesterday's match today was going to be a struggle for him. Roger came out smoking because he KNEW he had a tired, mentally reeling and nervous opponent. If someone else had been standing across the net from him he would've known he was in for a fight and after the cake walk draw he had he would've fallen apart as he has for most of the year.
My other prediction also came true. Murray played like a man on fire against Rafa determined not to have their head to head go to 6 and 0. There was bound to be an emotional let down, especially with no rest. Very much like those who manage to win against either Venus or Serena Murray let down and that was all she wrote.
And the commentators? Please. The skies don't part and angels descend when Roger walks on court but the way they were carrying on you'd think they did. When Mary Carillo made a verbal mistake and said when "he (Roger) sees Nadal across the net" I got my recyclables together and took them downstairs. No one even corrected her and she made no attempt to correct herself. Make no mistake about it. This match was about Rafael whether he was physically on the court or not. I leave it to others to explain why some fans see him as a bogey man.
Be all that as it may I just have one question. Was there a big red ribbon on the Lexus?