Occam’s Razor

August 16, 2007


Filed under: play, tennis, travel, work — lesturla @ 4:31 pm

There hasn’t been a tennis season more exciting than this year’s. The profusion of talent especially in the men’s field simply leaves me with no adjectives (perhaps it’s the vodka). In last week’s Roger’s Cup in Montreal, the young Serb Novak Djokovic beat the top 3 players in the world en route to capturing this year’s title. The last time this happened was years ago circa Boris Becker times. (From the top of my head I think Steffi Graf did this in the women’s field at Roland Garros in 1999 when she beat Martina Hingis, Monica Seles, Lindsay Davenport, Anna Kournikova and Venus Williams <?> as she earned her 22nd Grand Slam title).

I have been following Novak Djokovic’s rise and I am convinced that barring any injuries, he is destined to become world number one someday. The kid is extremely talented and can whip amazing winners from both wings. He also has a very interesting personality and doesn’t take himself too seriously. No toxic intensity from this kid at all. Sure it might be an absolute blast for anyone to beat Roger Federer but Djokovic has fun in the court no matter what the circumstances are and no matter who he beats.

The best part is he will be in Bangkok late next month for the Thailand Open along with Rafael Nadal, Tommy Haas and Andy Roddick. The only players in the field missing are Marat Safin and Roger Federer to complete my favorites list. Why are they my favorites? Here’s why:

  1. Roger Federer – the greatest and most complete player of all time. He’s lost quite a few times this season but for a learned tennis fan, this does not matter as much as talent and consistency does. Roger is the complete package, he is the idol of his tennis idols. How weird is that? He’s that good. Gee, how do I explain his goodness? Watch his matches.
  2. Rafael Nadal – no doubt a great talent too. His intensity on the court and his dedication to improving his craft is bound to get him to higher heights in tennis. His dominance of Roland Garros will remain for a long time.
  3. Novak Djokovic – believe me when I say that he will be world number one someday. He’s got what it takes. He will beat Rafa and Roger again for sure and when he gets that habit he will be unstoppable.
  4. Tommy Haas – again talent profusion. One of few who’s beat Federer. His movement on the court and backhand to forehand transitions are just a beauty to watch.
  5. Marat Safin – he is insane but in terms of talent, there are only a few in his company namely Federer, Gasquet and Djokovic.
  6. Andy Roddick – he sure makes watching tennis a lot of fun. No other tennis player makes post match interviews as interesting as he does.

I am seeing 4 of 6 in this list next month — here’s to hoping that none of them withdraws as they usually do when it’s an Asian tournament. Ugh!


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