Friday, September 05, 2008
Oh boy these two would probably have one heck of an arm wrestling contest but tonight in the Arthur Ashe Stadium if the threatened rain halts the actual event: as tropical storm Hannah, but not her sisters, decide to peter out over Manhattan. However, it is merely the latest in the series of tennis matches between Mister Andy on the left and Senor Rafa on the right. Two of the previous five meetings have been in Grandslams. Although this is the first time either has reached the Semi-Finals in New York.
While all Brits may want to forget this summers straight set win for the Spaniard at Wimbledon lets not forget that the last time they meet in a best of five sets on hard courts in Melbourne in 2007 it went the distance and Andy was ahead 7-6 4-6 6-4 3-2 before Senor Rafa won 10 of the last 11 games against a tiring and least prepared Mister Andy.
The Spaniard has had a good run of wins including the last two Grand Slams and the Olympic Title but then so had Senor Juan Martin before he ran into the immovable Murray wall that the two lads from Dunblane have only had barely breached thus far this fortnight.
Whoever wins, whenever they get to play, will get to their first American Open Final, we'll see who wants it more amidst all the fist pumping the one who wants to complete the set or the one who wants to start.
All the best Mister Andy.