This morning at Wimbledon, the world witnessed one of the greatest comebacks of all time. Roger Federer, at 34 years of age (35 in early August), fell behind 2 sets to none against Marin Cilic, a 6'6" tall 27-year-old with a killer serve. Cilic won the first two sets of the match and looked dominant. His serve had Federer looking slow and nervous. Federer had not performed well in recent years when falling behind 0-2, while Cilic had literally never lost a majors match after winning the first two sets. But somehow, Federer found his magic in the third set to stay alive and move into a fourth.
In the fourth set, Cilic had two potential match points, but Federer was able to serve his way out of them and into a tiebreaker, which he won 11-9 (after yet another Cilic match point that Federer escaped). The fourth set almost gave me a heart attack - it was that tense (and THAT good). After winning the dramatic fourth set and tiebreak, momentum was fully back on Federer's side, and (possibly) the greatest tennis player of all time broke Cilic and served out for the match.
Now, I'm a little biased because I'm a huge Roger Federer fan - I honestly don't know how anyone could NOT like the guy - he has such class, a beautiful style of play, fantastic hands and a deep love for tennis and a joy for spreading his love of tennis to others. He speaks 4 languages fluently and regularly alternates between them during interviews (and even when he talks to himself on the court to rile himself up). He's lasted longer than all of his contemporaries (Andy Roddick, Lleyton Hewitt, etc) and has shifted his style of play as-needed to stay competitive.
In recent years, Novak Djokovic has been the dominant player (don't get me wrong, I like Djokovic a lot, too) and has beaten Roger in all of the majors. This year, American Sam Querrey knocked Djokovic out of Wimbledon in a stunner during the Third Round (I think the pressure of a Calendar Slam might have gotten to him), which leaves an opening for Roger Federer to get his 8th Wimbledon Championship, which would give him the solo lead for most Wimbledon championships won by a man during the Open Era. If you're not already on the Roger Federer bandwagon, hop on! His next match is on Friday against Canadian up-and-comer Milos Raonic (another big server, but one who hasn't had much luck against the Big 4), and if he wins that, he'll face the winner of Andy Murray vs. Tomas Berdych in Sunday's final.
So join me and catch Wimbledon fever! It's the pinnacle of tennis each year!