Roger Federer just lost in what can only be described as an EPIC five sets. 2 hours in into what ended up being just over a 4 hour match he was up 6-5 with break point in the 3rd set. 2 hours later he lost in the 5th set by a score of 13-11.
Going into todays quarterfinals Federer was 266-2 when leading after the first two sets. 266-2!!! That is a staggering number. Anderson on the other hand had 2 comeback victories when down after the first two, but never at Wimbledon. Well they say 3rd times the charm, right? It sure was for Anderson.
Ok so my general interest in tennis mostly stems from when I bought a Wii many years ago and became obsessed with playing it on that. I never really watched much before that. Since then though and with a better understanding of the game it has grown on me. Now listen, I only watched the 5th set today but by the time they were tied at 7-7 and then kept yo-yo’ing back and forth until match point I could barely sit down. Me…the girl just sitting out on her couch was stressed out so much that I couldn’t sit still! Had my blinds been open the construction workers who are revamping the subway station next to my apartment would have been able to see my pacing back and forth and hopping up and down off of my couch.
The closest feeling I can describe it to is watching your baseball team being up to bat with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th, bases loaded with a full count and wondering if and when you’d get your walk-off winner or head to the next inning full of disappointment.
Anderson got his walk-off win and heads to the Wimbeldon semi’s for the first time in his career while Federer looks ahead to what his next theoretical “inning” will be. And I think I’m officially hooked on tennis.