May the best man win.
Edited to Add:
Fernando Gonzalez blasted his way into the men's semifinals dismantling Andy Murray along the way. If he had played at the same level this match I would've been very surprised. Gonzo has played well enough to win a tournament before. I remember how he played in Melbourne a couple of years ago and wondered if he'd be able to play with all cylinders burning two matches in a row.
I'm not sure if what happened is a result of Soderling not letting him play that way or of Gonzalez being Gonzalez.
As the match went on Gonzalez, unable to execute his game plan grew increasingly frustrated while the crowd grew increasingly silent.
That was the main story to me. The other day it seemed as if they were all for the man from Sweden but today no matter what he did they basically sat on their hands. The only people who seemed to be excited were the people from Sweden and even they had to be rallied by Mats Wilander who tried to reassure fans that Soderling is really a nice guy and that he can say that because Soderling is a friend of his. Let's not forget Mats presented Soderling to the world as a guy who doesn't give a shit about anyone on the tour.
It's been widely reported that Soderling doesn't have a fan following in his native country either- one commentator is rumored to have used the word "despised" to describe Soderling's relationship with players and fans in Sweden - so it's nice to know that he has a friend in Mats, and maybe Bjorn Borg.
Juan Martin del Potro is a phlegmatic young man. I'm sure he knows how to laugh, cry and blow off steam but he doesn't do it on the tennis court. He simply goes about the business of playing tennis which he does very well. When he is on he plays beautiful tennis especially when on a hard court. Clay is not his surface but with Chatrier playing faster this year he was kind of in his element. But when he had a chance to take the match in the fourth set he tensed up and his chance to make the final was gone. It doesn't help that prior to the match Juan Martin had said that it would be nice if Federer won the tournament.
With the crowd solidly on his side Federer managed to push himself over the finish line. The hype machine was already in full swing and with his combined record against his fellow semi finalists standing at 38-1(Gonzo having the sole win) I'd think he was pretty confident. Del Potro played extremely well though and I began to wonder if Roger would have to give himself a "calm period" if he lost.
So the "people's choice" will face the man who "doesn't give a shit" in the men's final on Sunday. As I said initially, may the best man win.