02
Feb
09

A bargain

My butt hurt, my head spun and my muscles tightened as I watched the Federer-Nadal final of the Australian Open.

I was quiet the entire four-hour-plus match that my dad, who watched it with me, had to turn around to see if I had not snapped and hanged myself. Like in previous Federer-Nadal Grand Slam matches, I zoned out, barely speaking to anyone.

The only sounds that came from where I sat, which was on the staircase, were clicks from my mobile phone. Text from friends, many of them pro-Nadal and some pro-Federer, came aplenty. Our text exchanges were mostly single-word expressions of frustration, triumph, thrill and religiosity. It took plenty of restraint on my part not to hurl my phone at the TV set when Nadal won.

The staircase is not the most comfortable seat in a Federer-Nadal match. I had thought that if I didn’t sit close to the TV, I would be less into the match than the two players were and Federer would rack up more sets than Nadal. I was wrong.

On the fifth set when RF lost his serve and was committing errors, I scrambled for a bargain with the tennis deities: Please, please, I’ll sit on a chair of nails, just have RF win the match.

I guess the tennis gods wanted a better bargain, say, that I eat fire and walk on live charcoal too and since I’m at it, lift an elephant’s leg.

The match came at 5 p.m. Philippine time and ran for more than four hours. Because I was so into it, I lost the appetite for dinner. I appreciate my mom’s indulgence in this crazy thing I have for Federer. She cooked me my favorite, fried danggit, but I couldn’t eat. I was drinking lots of water during the entire match that by the end of the awarding ceremony when Roger broke drown, the four-gallon jug was now half-empty.

federer-ao09I wanted RF to win for two reasons: one, that he avenged his loss to Nadal at Wimbledon 2008, and two, that he just beat Nadal. Last night, Federer tore my heart out. So did Nadal.

That RF was chasing his 14th Grand Slam at AO 2009 barely mattered to me. I know he will have it soon. I have faith in my champion.

I hope this makes a better bargain with the tennis deities when RF plays his next Grand Slam final: I’ll extract the fangs of the real Dracula.

This sight hurt more than anything. (Photo from australianopen.org)

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3 Responses to “A bargain”


  1. February 2, 2009 at 9:37 am

    Wow, another fantastic match. I watched the whole match as I did with both semi finals. Although I was going for Federer I think Nadal totally deserves that victory and he is a true champion. To back a 5 set, 5 hour semi final up with another 5 set, 4 hour + final in less than 48 hours was a true show of Rafa’s strength and endurance. You could also see by the body language of the players and shot selection that Rafa had the edge on Federer mentally. To have won 6 grandslams on 3 different surfaces at Rafa’s age is a truely remarkable feat. I was hoping Federer would equal Sampras’ record of 14 grand slams but Rafa was truely deserving having played another great match. Rafa truely is an entertainer as he is involved in all three of the greatest matches I have now seen – the Wimbledon final against Federer last year, the semi final against Verdasco the other day and this final against Federer. It will be very tough for Federer to recover from the mental scarring that has occurred in this loss and the Wimbledon loss last year along with all the French Open losses to Nadal. Especially as the next Grand Slam event is the French Open which will most likely mean Federer copping another hiding to Nadal. It was however very sad to see Federer break down in tears at the presentation, it was a horrible feeling to watch.

  2. 2 aag
    February 2, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    i keep laughing at the thought of you playing “dentist” to dracula.


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