“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.”
The talk at the start of the U.S. Open was all about the possible Rafa and Roger showdown in the quarter finals. Sadly this never came to pass as Fed’s disappointing year ended by him being thrown to the curb by some guy named Tommy Robredo.
It’s probably for the best though, as it would have been too painful to watch Federer endure another Rafa beat-down. I am starting to believe that by 2017, many will acknowledge Rafa, and not Roger, as tennis’s G.O.A.T. (Greatest of All Time).
Tonight, Rafa squares off against Djokovic once again, continuing the biggest and longest head-to-head rivalry in the modern age of tennis. Rafa is arguably the hottest player in tennis and holds a 21-15 lead in match-ups with Djoko. It’s not a huge advantage, but Rafa still has the upper hand.
With Rafa being healthy and in his full-on beast mode, I like his chances of lifting his second U.S. trophy tonight. Now, let’s look at the tennis landscape as the dust settles after the year’s final major: Rafa is your player of the year with two majors, the No. 1 ranking and his health.
But more importantly he now has 13 MAJORS! (13!) Why is no one talking about this? If he can pull this last major out, the great Fed and his 17 majors will finally be in Rafa’s reach. Four majors is a lot (just ask
that whiny bitch Eldrick Woods) but I think we can bank on Rafa winning two more French Opens in the next few years. This puts his total to 15 majors and counting, and still leaves him 3 to 4 more years of playing majors at a high level.
By the way, I believe this fear is what keeps Roger going. Everyone talks about him walking away, but I think he feels that one more, just one more major, could put things a little more out of reach. But if Rafa wins tonight and with his dominance on clay, his march towards Federer (and all-time greatness) should become the game’s biggest plotline.
Be afraid Roger, be very afraid.
Via Vanity Fair, Nike just released images of what Federer, Rafa, Serena and Maria will be wearing at Wimbledon later this month. Nothing shocking although, they did forget to add a pair of long, dangling earrings to Sharapova’s outfit and serious bling to Serena’s. And if you go to the VF link , read the paragraph below the images. Pippa Middleton is now a contributing editor to Vanity Fair? I sigh.
I saw a woman wearing a leopard-print jumpsuit, heels and a cobalt blue baseball cap in the bathroom at work last week. It wasn’t a good look. Then I saw the Max Mara Resort 2014 collection where every look included a colourful cap. I got annoyed.
I used to like caps on women. Or, maybe I just thought I did because they were meant to be ironic in that, here I am in my lace dress and stilettos completing my look with a baseball cap because I don’t really care even though I spent five hours getting ready way.
Now, I think unless you’re wearing a cap solely to protect your head and face from the sun and are looping your ponytail through the back old-school style, you just look obnoxious. Yes, I’m even looking at you, Dree Hemingway in your gorgeous white lace dress, sandals and your New York Yankees cap. And usually, you can do no wrong.
What did you do to me, leopard-print girl?
Oh and Nadal (a.k.a. Ocho) obviously gets a free cap pass today even though he looks so much better in the headband. Congratulations on your eighth French Open title, Rafa!
In honour of CH’s birthday today (tweet him @chadhanas), we made a little stop at the Barclays ATP World Tour last night where CH’s beloved Roger Federer took on Andy Murray in the semi-finals. I wasn’t sure when I bought the tickets if R-Fed would be playing in the day or at night since the organizers only release the schedule the night before, but the birthday and tennis stars aligned and there he was. (We are not Djoko fans over here.)
The first set went to a tiebreaker (exciting stuff) but Federer crushed Murray in the second set and just like that, the match was over. Too fast boys, too fast. We wanted more tennis!
As for style, I wish Rog still rocked his ponytail and Andy needs to embrace those great curls and let the hair grow (see below) but otherwise, the boys looked sharp although, CH prefers his tennis shirts with collars, he says.
The best-dressed of the night however, goes to the bright blue court. The colour, an ode to the sponsor’s hue, doesn’t come across this pretty on TV but in person, it’s incredibly calming and lovely—for a tennis court, that is.
Back in the day: free and flowing locks.
As MG pointed out, we’re on a very brief hiatus here at GoS. Who knew moving continents would require a little bit of work?
We’re close to landing on our feet here in the U.K., but with the U.S. Open starting today, we wanted to pass on some New York tennis fun courtesy of Vogue. The mag asked 11 designers and one tennis star (we wouldn’t call her a legend just yet) to customize a tennis ball. Check out all the creations here. (It’s almost as much fun as watching Roger and Novak battle it out for another major. Almost.)
As for favourites, we’re partial to the Tennenbaums-inspired creation by the boys of Warby Parker and Eddie Borgo’s lethal design.
Roger Federer’s No. 1 fan (sorry Mirka) and her trademark bob made her expected Wimbledon appearance last week. Anna Wintour took in the tennis action wearing black-and-white Prada (bottom photo) as Federer beat Xavier Malisse. We would love to sit-in on one of Wintour and Federer’s conversations.
RF: Anna, daaaarrrrling, so glad you could make it out.
AW: R-Fed, you know I wouldn’t miss it for any Paris couture show in the world.
RF: How do I look out there?
AW: A little fur would surely take your game to the next level.
We spy Greg Norman sitting behind Anna at last year’s Wimbledon.
Shelby Bryan (Anna’s bf) and Ms. Wintour pondering about what to say to the mullet man sitting in front of them.
Wintour at last week’s match and Roger pre-Wimbledon in London wearing an Alexander McQueen cardigan and Nike Air Yeezy 2 “Solar Red” sneakers (via A Glam Slam).
Wintour photos by Getty Images.