- Torso of a bull (made for awesome forehands and backhands)
- Legs of a stallion/gazelle/buck (even McEnroe was overwhelmed by some of those unbelievable gets)
- Eyes of a hawk (NBC should start a new stat – % of line-call challenges won)
- Heart of a lion (this is perhaps the first time ever that someone had a better breaks to breakpoints percentage that Federer)
Now I understand why Borg retired after losing Wimbledon. There was something in him that could not take defeat. If Federer is anything like him, I think he will hang up his racquet if (when) he is left without a Grand Slam in hand – for the first time in ages (ok, six years I guess)!
I think that like Steffi Graf, Federer has trouble adjusting to changes in the field (did I write this sometime before?). Steffi had a tough time retiring the sliced backhand (she retired instead) and switching to the top-spin version instead. Federer, for his part, should have worked on being more comfortable at the net, and he should have practised more with a left-hander. I was surprised to hear – from commentator McEnroe himself – that Federer never rallied with him (Nadal had earlier this week during Wimbledon).
For readers outside the USA: McEnroe was overcome by the quality of tennis today, and he felt for Federer. First, he hugged Federer after the obligatory runner-up’s interview, then he hugged Nadal. I have a feeling that had even I come through the door next, he would have hugged me too! 😉