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Sunday, November 28, 2010

The Greatest Rivalry

Earlier today was the final of the ATP World Tour Finals in London, the annual tournament to officially end the professional tennis year. Only the top eight players in the world are invited to participate, and these photos were taken a few days ago when the players were invited to 10 Downing Street by British Prime Minister David Cameron.
(robin soderling, roger federer and andy murray)
.Fittingly, the finalists today were Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, and another chapter was added to the greatest rivalry in sports. Many probably expected Rafa to end his year on an even higher note than what he has already experienced earlier in the year by winning three of the four major tournaments, The French Open, Wimbledon and The U.S. Open. But for all those who are quick to declare the end of the reign of King Roger, not so fast. Federer not only beat Nadal today, but beat him handily. Roger might be nearing 30, but he's got at least five more good years in him, and we're guessing he'll win at least a few more Grand Slam titles.
On a sadder note, when you look at the photos below of the top eight world players, Federer, Nadal, Robin Soderling, David Ferrer, Novak Djovic, Andy Murray, Andy Roddick and Tomas Berdych, any serious tennis fan must wonder what Andy Roddick is doing in the picture. But true to form, he lost quickly and easily in the prestigious year end tournament. When, oh when, will America once again produce a great tennis champion?
Oh, and by the way, did David Ferrer miss the memo about the black suit thing?

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