International tennis Rome: the 2014 final between Djokovic and Nadal

There is always a limit to our desires, from the day we are informed that the gifts are no longer brought by the Child Jesus, or perhaps, as in the case of sarah errania woman, the Befana, but certainly not disguised as Serena Williams. For too many years, aware of this daunting reality, I had not been able to imagine a victory for little Sara against a heavyweight in a game that was increasingly close to muscular violence, and that was no longer limited to the education and sensitivity of the little hands. . . A small hope, if not perverse, certainly unsportsmanlike, I put in the difficulties encountered yesterday by Serena in a second ambulatory set, but in advising, as I always do, two betting friends, I had suggested not to fool ourselves about the very advantageous. chances of our girl.

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The beginning of the game would not only have confirmed my obvious hypotheses but, even more, I would have been surprised by a kind of inability of Errani, as if the patriotic emotion of the story had blocked her, unable to be herself, even in the difficulty. in running, in hitting the easiest balls. A similar embarrassing annoyance would have found an explanation in the 4-3 of a certainly not devastating Serena, when the referee Mariana Aldos would have called the physiotherapist to the field, and she, shaking her head, would have accompanied Sara to the infirmary. The game, had it ever started, would have ended at that moment, and Errani must be congratulated for having accepted the injury with great humanity, a strain in his left thigh that would not have prevented him, although injured, from trying to play in the final of the doublet: doublet that a retired individual tennis player would not have been able to face because of the regulations. Brave but vain attempt, after an appearance of only four games.

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Such a small tragedy would have made me almost as bitter as Sara, but it did not prevent me from appreciating what seems to be the repetition of a great work with a variable ending, Nadal against Djokovic. In fact, a statistician friend pointed out to me that the duels between the two follow a curious pattern. At the beginning, when Nadal was irresistible, from 2006 to 2009 it was 14 wins to 4 for him but then, until 2012, it seemed that the Serb had found the tactical key to reverse the trend, with a 10 to 2. Incredibly Rafa managed it. would have bounced back and, with a barrage of lifts, would have gone 6-1 through to the 2013 US Open. Certainly, less disruptive athletic qualities pushed him to 0-4, with today’s match, which he lost instantly in which his rotations were no longer enough to prevent aggressive rebounds and greater length and penetration to Djokovic. On days like these, number one in the real world, if not by computer. After a first set in which, from an initial 1-4, Nole chased without success, the course of the match was almost always in his hands. Djokovic uses fewer rotations, but a more advanced position on the field and more cross diagonals. Certainly admirable matches, both of them, although the appearance of a new great actor certainly wouldn’t hurt our scripts. Will it be Raonic, the new star?

by Gianni Clerici

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