Ivan Lendl’s visage, circa 1986.
Tomorrow we’ll have the four top male seeds play in the men’s semis. Watching Murray come back (again) during his QF victory over Chela, Cliff Drysdale said he’d put this men’s top four against any top four in history. Combine their talent and genius with their contrasting styles and personalities, and it’s obvious that we’re living in one of the most glorious periods in tennis history.
The women, of course, are operating under considerably different circumstances, in which not one of the top four even made it into the semis. While I can’t wait for Serena to return and inject some true mental toughness into the game again, the women’s scrappy, anything-can-happen tour contrasts beautifully against the men’s fiefdom.
On Saturday, we’ll get to see Na Li and Francesca Schiavone, two of the most fun and passionate players on either tour, leave it all out on the court. I, for one, can’t wait. While this hasn’t been the greatest year for us Fed fans and, to be honest, I’m not very hopeful about his chances this weekend, I’m still so happy for this moment in time, and for all of us fans on Twitter, Facebook, etc., who can share in every moment of it.