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Equal Play Dispute

In Tennis on September 15, 2010 at 4:19 pm

A classic mens US Open casts a harsh light on the one-sided routs that have become the norm in the womens game

Rafael Nadal put in a performance for the ages on Sunday night

Late on Monday night, after four hours of absorbing tennis, the new US Open champion Rafael Nadal collapsed on Arthur Ashe, his body drained but his lifelong dream fulfilled. As his beaten opponent trudged to the net, the crowd rose as one to show their appreciation for one of the greatest performances in the tournament’s history. Nadal was simply imperious.

Had it been almost any other player in the world standing on the opposite baseline it would have been a quick final. Fortunately for all concerned, it was the pride of Serbia, Novak Djokovic. Rather than fold under the onslught, the 23 year old scrapped and battled for all he was worth to stay in the match, even forcing Nadal into a fourth set for the first time in the tournament.

In the end it wasn’t enough, but no blame can reasonably be attached to Djokovic. He played as well as he can, gave it his all, and contributed to a breathtaking spectacle. It is his misfortune to have been born into a golden era of men’s tennis, and it looks as though his considerable talents will not yield the success they perhaps should.

In Nadal and Roger Federer, we are witnessing two of the greatest players the sport has ever produced. Last night the Spaniard joined his arch-rival as just the seventh player in history to claim all four Slams. Only Andre Agassi had managed it in the Open era, before these two titans emerged. Read the rest of this entry »