The Wait…

Jan 29, 2009

It’s a taunting, tantalising limbo period in the Australian Open. The semi-finals are almost over, with some matches decided and others still waiting to be determined. It’s almost intolerable as a fan; the semi-final matches are exciting enough, but they (hopefully) are only a taste of what’s to come. The finals beckon not only the players who find the final round in their grasp, but for the fans too.

It’s a sudden shock to realise just how many players have been whittled away. In the men’s singles, names such as Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Andy Roddick have been swept out of the tournament, leaving only three left standing. For example: Rodger Federer. His semi-final match against Roddick saw the American take a pounding as Federer took another determined stride to the finals. Federer relied on his instincts and skill, and made several successful line-calls with the technology proving him right every time. When Roddick had won in the quarter-finals, he had beaten a very different man; Djokovic may be up there in the rankings with Federer, but he was tired, a player who had a beaten body and strength that wilted under the heat. Those sort of problems weren’t so much as glimpsed in Federer’s game, and Roddick found it hard to dazzle the Swiss as the ever-calm No.2 worked his way through with an inspiring performance into the finals.

This is where limbo starts to kick in. On the one side we have the well-respected and exciting player that is Rodger Federer, already primed for the final, but on the other side we simply have a big fat question mark. The match between Rafael Nadal and Fernando Verdasco has yet to start, and it won’t be until after 19:30 local time that the two Spaniards will clash. We just have to sit back and wait…

The  suspense hanging over the women’s singles final is alleviated by the fact that we know who will face each other. Dinara Safina of Russia will play against Serena Williams, world number 3 vs. world against number 2. Still, there’s an impatience to get the proceedings started. Of course we all want the players to be well-rested before going into the match, but to fast-forward to that point would be a delightful release of expectancy.

Rafa vs. Verdasco will be a great help in distracting us from the wait to the finals, and finally give us an idea of what sort of match we have to look forward to for the men’s title. But, besides that, I suppose we just have to wait and see. It’s tormenting, but it’s also half the fun of the tournament.

 

-          SophieG

Written by: SophieG

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