. . . Monday July 7, 2008

Break Points

Sports history often comes down to a few moments or a subtle trend that changes everything about how a competitor or team is viewed. And so it was during the Wimbledon final of finals when Rafa Nadal ended Roger Federer’s streak of 5 straight tournament wins and became the sport’s most feared player.

The match, with all its ups and downs, all really comes down to one key statistic. Federer was 1-12 in break chances. Unthinkable. If that stat was a bit more in Roger’s favor, we’d be talking about the greatest comeback in tennis history. Instead, we’re wondering if the mantle has been passed.

Sidenote: John McEnroe once again established himself as the best color commentator in sports. His ability to be totally natural in front of the camera (those post match interviews were a perfect example) is unrivaled. Would we buy it if another broadcaster hugged one of the athletes he covered during a postgame interview? Probably not. But with Mac, it just works because he is just being himself. And it’s pretty much what every viewer wanted to do as well.

Concentration is important!