Roger Federer looked absolutely sublime today in his win over John Isner. I don't think I've seen him play better all year, except maybe - just maybe - in the Australian Open final. This was vintage stuff - old school Federer putting the beatdown on his opponents just by being awesome.
I've been cheating on Roger a bit with Rafa lately - paeans of praise-wise - but oh Roger baby, you will always be #1 in my heart. There is no tennis experience that compares to watching Roger Federer play well. David Foster Wallace was right on the money when he described it as being a religious experience.
Isner did not play badly - not at all. But how can you compete with the hungry awesomeness that was Roger today? He wants to win - this we can see clearly. And he's got his mojo back, at least for the next little while. And he's making the tweener his most consistent shot - seriously, do you think he practices them like he does forehands and backhands and serves?
It's been a long time since we've been able to simply gush about Federer. We got that opportunity today. Well done, Roger! Keep it up!
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