Djokovic, Down Under

January 31, 2011 at 9:19 pm Leave a comment

A little shocking, a little disappointing, a tad unexpected, but as always, exciting.

Tennis is such an odd sport that way, leaving you with such mixed emotions as you go through the ups and downs of each match. It’s hard to watch your favorite players lose, but really exciting to see the breakthroughs of the others.  Throughout my (obnoxiously overwhelmingly obsessive) tennis supporting career, I can honestly say my favorite players change with each tournament. Now I’m not saying that I’m a fair weather fan (Andy, I’ll love you forever) and I suppose I always have to root for the American guys, but It’s super exciting to see the new guys crash through the big players, and I find myself always rooting for them.

New talent ie: the unseeded Ukrainian guy, Dogolpolov. Wow. I thought he was going all the way by the likes of his first week in Melbourne. And what about Li Na? She did such a fantastic job, I was so torn in her final against Clijsters. I was really excited to see Kim in the final, but Li Na worked so hard to beat Wozniacki (who, in my oppinion is totally overrated) and put up such a great fight in the final, I wouldn’t have been too upset if she won. There have been many rumors of Kim’s retirement, which I can only think, ARE YOU NUTS?? She’s been playing the best tennis of her career these past few months, she can’t stop now! She’s the reason I started watching women’s tennis, I’d be pretty sad to see her go!

And for Mr. Djokovic, he warned us at the US Open he’d be back for more, and was he ever! We really couldn’t have asked for a more suited Australian Open champion – Taking out Federer in straight sets (yet again!) and taking Murry down without hesitation. I was very excited for him! He’s one of the only guys on the tour I can really say has a complete game. Complete being that he’s strong mentally, he’s quick on his feet, and is so physically fit- he gets to every ball (sometimes while doing the splits). It’s always a treat watching him, he really does impress me more and more each time. It’s funny, the first tournament I went to (the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami) I got to see him up close, on one of the smaller courts right when he turned pro. My friend Chrissy and I gushed about how cute he was (naturally) and were shocked at how well he played for a newbie. I feel like that was FOREVER ago. He’s had such a outstanding career since then – he broke the top 10 not too long after that, and has managed to stay in the top 5 for most of his pro career. He’s obviously been on my radar ever since! It was great to see him accept that trophy like a real champion, and I know we’ll be seeing him win many more of them in his day!

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