Well, once again I proved why I’m not making a living forecasting the outcome of sporting events. Like most, I favored Nadal to win the Sony Ericcson, having proven his superior mental focus in windy environments at Indian Wells. Not to mention his general propensity for appearing invulnerable (except, I suppose for that huge topspin bouncing up into the much taller Del Potro’s strike zone). My top hopes for the final were (in order),
Nadal v. Federer
Federer v. Murray
Nadal v. Murray
Murray proved why his third title this year is well-deserved, coming from down a break in the second to win 2 and 5. I might be wrong, but am going out on a limb saying this is the first Brit to win the SE Open? With Roddick still unable to make a serious move, perhaps we Americans should just start rooting for Murray?
I was really impressed at his performance at the US Open last year and he looks to be on course for a fantastic 2009. Best of luck to him! Now that the tour is headed to Europe for the clay season, he’s going to need it on Nadal’s turf.