Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Wimby 2011: Rafa in Round 1
Didn't we just have a major tennis tournament? We did! But it's time for another one. Wimby is here!! Rafael Nadal, Our Hero, and defending men's champion at Wimbledon, got to play the opening match of the tournament on Centre Court on Monday. It was a privilege he missed out on last time he was defending Wimbledon Champ back in 2009, because he was injured. It's very nice he got another chance to experience this special honor. His first-round match was pretty straight forward. Rafa had a bit of a sluggish start before getting it into high gear and beating Michael Russell from the U.S. 6-4, 6-2, 6-2. Rafa now gets to face another American - this time Ryan Sweeting - in the second round. I love me some Americans, but if they are in Rafa's way, they gotta be heading toward the door.
Many people are counting Rafa out this tournament, saying he won't win. They think Federer will win, and that's fine. I can deal with that prediction. But then some other people have gone so far as to say neither Rafael nor Roger will make it to this year's Wimby Final. I think that is crazy, since it's been years and years since at least one of them has not been there. They both played the final in 2006, 2007, and 2008, then Fed was there alone in 2009 when Rafa didn't play, and then Rafa won again in 2010 when Fed lost in the quarters. So I think it's a safer bet that at least one of them will make it given how well they are playing right now. I'd love another Fed and Rafa Wimby Final! But we take one match at a time! Here's to more success in the second round! Vamos Rafa!