I'm going to warn you up front, this is post is a bit of a ramble. Must be my blond.
It's still a bit surreal. Last night at 3:00 am I was watching the Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer semi-final, and it was clear that Nole had brought his A-game. He was moving well, he was serving well, and hitting the ball cleanly and I thought I was going to, as expected, settle in for a long 4-5 set match. But, apparently all of my insomnia from watching the Australian Open live caught up with me and I got too comfortable on the couch with my snuggie (Christmas present) and fell asleep. When I woke up, the match was over and because I didn't have my glasses on, all I could make out was that it ended in 3 sets, so I assumed Fed had won. So it was very confusing to me when Fed walked off Rod Laver first. In a sleepy frenzy, I stumbled to find my glasses and then put my face 2 inches from the TV to confirm my suspicions and my jaw fell slack. Nole won in straight sets! In STRAIGHTS!!! And then I did my little happy dance which, if someone videotaped, could be used as blackmail.
I can't even remember a time in a Major where Federer lost in straight sets, so either I am still dreaming, or I am in Nole heaven.
Ana Ivanovic was in Nole Heaven too:
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(I probably shouldn't, but I'm going to put it out there, I don't remember Ana being in Nole's box so much, and usually his girlfriend is there.....so could my desire for them to get married and have pretty tan Serbian babies that will become professional tennis players be coming true? Probably not, but I will be watching that box closely at the Final.)
Since I clearly didn't see the match, here are some tidbits from Roger's post-match press conference (Novak's isn't up on the AO site):
Q. Big disappointment. Thoughts on the game? What went wrong?
ROGER FEDERER: I thought he played a great match. I didn't think I played bad myself, so it was a match played at a very high intensity for a long period of time.
Clearly it's disappointing to lose, but what to do if he plays well on the big points, and potentially maybe I didn't. It was a tough match.
Q. Physically how much did the match take out of you? Did you feel at any point you were getting weary, that he was wearing you down?
ROGER FEDERER: No, not really. I'm feeling really good considering how intense it was. It was a three hour match over three sets and, you know, I don't take much time in between points. It's maybe even a longer match if you like.
No, I felt good. It was intense. We had long, tough rallies and played at a very high speed and everything. So sure, you feel it a little bit, but obviously I was ready for another two sets easily. Pity that I couldn't push him there.
Q. You couldn't defend the title. What do you think about this?
ROGER FEDERER: I couldn't? Yes, I could not.
Q. How do you feel?
ROGER FEDERER: I feel okay, because I'm healthy. I wish I had a chance on Sunday, but, look, Novak was the better player tonight. You got to accept that and move on from here.
It's not the end in any way. It's a start for many other tournaments after this. Sure, it's disappointing and it hurts in the moment itself. I wish I could have won here again for the fifth time.
But wasn't possible tonight.
Q. (Question regarding who will win the final)
ROGER FEDERER: Well, I don't know who is in the final yet on the other side. I fancy Murray's chances to go through. Then again, it's night. I don't know how that's going to match up against each other.
I'm sure it's going to be an exciting final. I mean, obviously if Novak plays at this level, he's got his chances; if Murray continues playing at his level he'll have his chances too. Ferrer played a fantastic match yesterday.
Yeah, regardless it's going to be a great end to the tournament.
Q. Todd Woodbridge after the match was sort of suggesting that with Rafa injured and you out now that it was something of a passing of the torch.
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I mean, they say that very quickly, so...
Let's talk in six months again.
We all know that he's not going anywhere, and as much as I root against him, I don't want him to, because tennis without the brilliance of Fed makes me sad.
Catch the 2nd semi-final tomorrow morning at 3:30 am EST on ESPN2: David Ferrer vs Andy Murray.