Monday, June 6, 2011

Nadal still Federer's nemesis


A Rafael Nadal-Roger Federer French Open final has become something of a rite of spring on the men's pro tennis tour. Unfortunately for Federer, losing to Nadal is as much a part of the tradition as the matchup itself. Nadal tied Bjorn Borg's record yesterday by winning his sixth French Open championship and fourth against Federer, whose only title at Roland Garros was in a championship match with Robin Soderling in 2009. While his most ardent supporters don't believe that detracts from Federer's legacy as the greatest player ever, until such time as he beats Nadal in a French Open final, the claim is still open to debate. That said, there has still never been a greater champion than Federer - not only because he has more championships than anyone else, but because of the poise and dignity with which he invariably conducts himself, win or lose...It figures that the guy who dodges a suspension for allegedly biting in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final scores two goals - including the overtime winner - in Game 2. Meanwhile, even if Alexander Burrows bit Patrice Bergeron's finger, I don't blame him, and I'm surprised it doesn't happen more often because as near as I can figure, it's both a natural reaction and the best defence when someone sticks the palm of their dirty, sweaty hockey glove in your face. Worse things happen at the bottom of a football pile, and it's accepted as part of the game...And finally, a big welcome to the high-rolling Eurotrash who've arrived early for this coming weekend's Formula One Canadian Grand Prix. Don't forget to tip your waiters, waitresses and lap dancers, and remember - the best golf, poker games and steak dinners are just across the Mercier Bridge.

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