30 Days of Tennis Challenge – Day 26: A match that makes you happy
August 21, 2011 3 Comments
A match that makes me happy. Interesting. I could go all the way on a philosophical analysis of tennis and sports in general, how they touch us and gave us all different reasons to cry and crack a laugh. And you would like that, wouldn’t you?
But nah. Instead, I will talk about the process.
There are just so many matches I could put here, from these three years since I turned into a hardcore tennis fan. But this match I choose here has a… uh… different story.
[I can’t link the video. So, click <a href="http://www.youtube.com/embed/oE4CYOZy2eg“>here]
Andy Roddick’s last Masters title up to date, in Miami, where he beat Tomas Berdych for the trophy.
Here’s the story: I didn’t watch this match. Exactly. The final week of the 2010 Miami event was played during the Easter here. And I, still unclear to me why, accepted an invitation for a trip to the seaside. For this reason, I missed Roddick’s semifinal win over Nadal – which made me truly happy, you know, because you put your favorite player beating one of your least favorite ones and there’s just no way this doesn’t please you.
On Sunday, I was on the car back home. Exactly. On Sunday. The whole day. We left Ilhabela – which can literally and erroneously translate into “Beautiful Island”, “La Isla Bonita” or what-fucking-ever – by the early morning, was probably around 8 or 9 a.m. And I arrived in São Paulo 8:30. P-FUCKING-M. Since that day, I swore an oath I would never a) Miss one of Roddick’s important matches b) EVER return to that place.
We were in São Paulo already, and the radio was tuned on to one of those news stations. So, I heard as the voice on the radio announced: “And, in Miami, final of the Masters 1000 event. The American Andy Roddick beat the Czech Tomas Berdych to claim the title”.
I exploded in contained laughter. Really, it’s a paradox. I was afraid of looking like a total psycho in the car with my parents. It’s pretty funny how you just can’t forget some things. I explained myself – of course, I needed to – saying: “I’m happy this guy won. I like him, you know. Following sports just make way more sense if you root for someone”.
That match didn’t save my Sunday. But made it just much better.
Worth the mention:
Robin Soderling def. Roger Federer, Roland Garros/2010
Robin Soderling def. Rafael Nadal, Roland Garros/2009
Julien Benneteau def. Roger Federer, Paris/2009
Andy Roddick def. Rafael Nadal, Miami/2009
And many more I don’t remember now.