Roger Federer is playing at the top of his game and undoubtedly will be playing his heart out for this one. He wants revenge after Nadal beat him in what many called the greatest tennis match in history, in 2008 at Wimbledon, and wants to regain the #1 ranking in the world. Nadal played in the aforementioned 5 hour, 14 minute semfinal against Fernando Verdasco and that surely took a lot out of him. It will be interesting to see if that affects his play.
Oh, and the drinking game... you chug when any of the following happens:
- They refer to the 2008 Wimbledon final between Federer and Nadal
- Whenever they call this "the dream match"
- When they bring up if this is the biggest rivalry in sports
- When they bring up the Nadal semifinal affecting his stamina.
- Arguments with the ref
- If they say "balls" in a way that can be interpreted sexually, because we're immature assholes.
Anyway, I'm pumped for this(stop laughing at me, tennis is cool), and will likely be hammered by the time the match starts. Join me for some fun at 3:30 AM ET.
If you're looking to watch this and don't have ESPN 2, you can watch it online.
Also, if you're looking for a more serious, in depth breakdown, The Arena is also doing a live blog of this. Mine's probably going to be all over the place. I never know what the hell I'm going to do.
10 minutes until the coverage begins. I'm about 5 drinks deep and with more to come of course. I just farted and burped at the same time. And I wonder why I don't have a girlfriend, well those are just a couple of countless reasons.
And so it begins.... the coverage that is. There's gotta be a couple things here in the intro to chug to, let's see.
Highlights of the Wimbledon match... CHUG DAMMIT!
Mary Joe Fernandez... MILF!
Talk of the Nadal-Verdasco semifinal hurting Nadal's stamina! We're gonna get hammered.
Wow, they won't stop with the stamina talk. I wish I could play this drinking game with a hottie at the bar.
Great weather for this one. Dick Enberg and Patrick McEnroe with the call I'm glad to see.
I wish I had an Australian accent. Darren Cahill's keys for Federer:
Serve Well, Attack Forehand, Flatten Out Backhand, Convert Break Points.
Brad Gilbert's keys for Nadal:
Take Offense, Break Down Backhand, 1st Serve Return
Alright, I'm already all over the place with organization with this one. It's only going to get worse... sorry?
We're underway! Federer serving, Nadal long and Federer up 15-0. I'm not going to do individual points the whole way just so ya know. Nadal gets a point, a rare double fault from Roger. 15-30. Wow, Federer hits a pop up on a backhand. What the hell is going on? 40-15 Nadal in the 1st game. Now an awful miss... what the fuck Roger? That was piss poor. Nadal gets the 1st game.
Roger misses long again. He really just looks like pure shit early, very unexpected. Awesome rally now with some rocket shots from both of them, Federer gets the point. 18 stroke rally. A few more points happen, we've got a deuce. Advantage Nadal... good rally then Nadal hits a forehand into the net. Long rallies are likely to benefit Federer in this one. He wants to wear Rafa down. Alright, I'm about to piss my pants. Great point, advantage Roger. Piss break! Back, Nadal with a point. This deuce is taking forever. That's sure to pleasure Koz. 3rd break point coming, advantage Federer. Federer gets Nadal moving, then Nadal thinks he's going crosscourt with a forehand, Federer hits it right where Nadal is. Sexy tennis. 1-1.
Federer's really making Nadal move now. Crosscourt left and right. Now he's got an ace. 40-15. Now he gets the game, 2-1 Federer.
Nadal quickly comes back with a game of his own. I really wish I had some dry roasted peanuts with this beer. 2-2.
Rafa sets Roger up perfectly and misses a wide open shot. That will be as big of a blunder as he makes. Then 2 points later he hits a pop up. This is why I'm an idiot. Nadal with an UNREAL forehand. Challenge shows it's out though. Still, impressive. 40-30 Roger. As McEnroe is saying, Nadal's really moving well but these long rallies might make a difference. Roger with the game, 3-2. We've got a good one.
Federer with an incredible backhanded lob shot with Nadal up at the net. Again, stamina talk. FUCKING DRINK! Nadal with a weak serve and Federer destroys a forehand. 4-2 Federer.
Nadal just gave me an "OH SHIT HE DID NOT DO THAT" moment like all the people watching one of those And One events. "OH BABY! OH BABY! DA PROFESSOR!" Now another great winner, crosscourt backhand on a full sprint. As Cahill called it, "2 ridiculous points in a row for Nadal." Rafa gets the game, 4-3 Federer.
JIM BEAM WOMAN!
Rafa grunts so loud and Roger sounds like he's in the library. I picture every return from Federer with "SHUT!"(shot), "THE"(shot), "FUCK"(shot), "UP"(shot). 4-4.
And stuff happens, Federer with an ace to finish the game, 5-4 Federer. This is going to be a long match.
McEnroe just said, "That ball Dick has so much action." Somehow, that seems to apply to the immature "balls" sexual connotation we discussed in the drinking game instructions. You know what to do.
Right now, whoever is serving is going to win the game. Nadal was serving, game Nadal. 5-5.
A highlight reel shot from Federer. Federer with a nice cutter on the forehand but Nadal got to it and ripped a backahnd, Federer with an almost diving backhand at the net for the point. Nadal though takes the lead in this game, 30-15. Nadal with the game. That one is all on me for the comment about whoever is serving is going to win the game right now. 6-5 Nadal.
Nadal serving for the set, 15-0. 40-15 now, let on the 1st serve. McEnroe's saying about Roger, "He's questioning himself. Questioning his strategy." Nadal misses with a backhand, 40-30. Wow, what a point to finish the set... Nadal wins. 7-5.
Nadal up 1-0. Gilbert's saying how Federer pretty much gave that set away. Federer's serve % is way down. He's serving now, 30-0 Nadal. There's an ace for Federer, his 4th of the match as Enberg points out. 30-30. Roger with another ace. Ref called it out, challenge shows it was in. Whenever I hear or say, "It's in" now, I think of McLovin banging that chick in Superbad. 1-0 Federer.
Nadal's now yelling things in Spanish out there. He just hit about the hardest backhand you'll ever see. As Enberg more or less said, he took the swing of a cleanup hitter on a 3-1 count. Destroyed that bitch. 1-1.
This great rivalry and the Wimbledon talk all in the same sentence. Double chug!!!!
I wouldn't advise going from 2 Dos Equis Ambers, to a Screwdriver with a few shots in it, to a few Budweisers. It's not good when I'm still drinking AND have a major headache already. 2-1 Federer.
Highlight reel point by Federer to make it 40-40. Sorry I was getting a beer and am behind. 3-2 Nadal. Federer's not looking very sharp which is a shock to me. I figured he'd be at the top of his game today.
The rivalry talk, AND Wimbledon again! BOOZE BABY, DRINK IT IN! 1st double fault for Nadal. Federer gets the game, huge! 3-3. I'm not going for anybody in particular in this by the way. Well, I want Roger to win this set so this match is badass.
Justin and I are talking about Aussie women. I love the accents, but I prefer a little more skin tone. Anyway, a hot chick with an Australian accent creates a major pants tent for me. 4-3 Federer.
I get the vibe McEnroe is rooting for Federer. Insane hovering slice from Federer. Nadal hits it right into the net. Federer's picking it up. Deuce! Nadal thinks Roger's going to make him run with the forehand but goes crosscourt. Advantage Roger. Nadal follows with an Ace to even it up. Great point, advantage Federer. The crowd's getting really into it now. The neverending game. Back to even on the deuce, 4 deuces. 5th break point... Federer wins. 5-3 Federer.
Federer serving for the set, 15-0. 40-15 Federer. For the set... Got it! 6-3 Federer. 1-1.
Darren Sproles will test FA I see. I can't see the Chargers letting someone outbid them after letting Turner walk as well. I don't think Sproles would have the same success as an every down back though. Grabbed another beer, out of Budweiser so back to the Dos Equis Amber. My head is spinning. Nadal serving, Nadal with the 1st point of the 3rd set. 40-15 Nadal. 40-30 now. Federer misses wide with a backhand, Nadal with the 1st game of the 3rd set.
Dick Enberg going on and on about the Wimbledon final last year. DRINK! Nadal looks like he's going to get the point but Federer shows some incredible speed to get to a drop shot from Nadal, then Nadal tries to lob it over Federer's head but doesn't hit it far enough, Federer smashes it. 1-1.
We've reached the 2 hour mark. Discussion of Nadal and the stamina questions... drink. 40-30 Rafa. Nadal misses badly with a backhand and we've got another Deuce. Nadal gets the game and takes a 2-1 lead in the set.
And because this blog is bare and I'm crazy about Jessica Alba, here's a random picture:
"Point of the championship" says Enberg. Federer returns a couple of Nadal smashes, but eventually hits one into the net. Then he follows it with an Ace. Federer wins the game, 2-2. And it's 4 AM here in Colorado.
If you haven't voted in our poll for the Hot Ladies Tournament field, you should do that. It's right under the Thighnal 4 pic(which if you click on takes you to the 2008 bracket). A crazy point ends in a game won for Nadal. He leads 3-2.
"Great rivalries in sports", they're comparing the Federer-Nadal one to others. If you read the drinking game instructions, you know that means you chug. Federer covers a shitload of range and then Nadal hits a shot straight into the net with a ton of court wide open. 30-30. Hey whaddya know, a Deuce. Federer gets the game, 3-3.
Nadal serving, Federer 30-15 advantage. Now Federer with a crappy shot straight into the net. 30-30. According to Enberg it was only a 60 mph(slowest of the night) serve Federer was returning as well. 40-30 Nadal. 4-3 Nadal. He's calling for the trainer though.
Federer dominates a game, Nadal doesn't look right. It appears he's tiring. 4-4.
Nadal's clearly not 100% as he's serving and Federer gets the 1st 3 points. Looks like the semifinal match is indeed making a difference on his stamina. Gets a point to keep the game alive, 15-40. That's followed by Nadal's best point in awhile, 30-40. Federer hits a forehand straight into the net, Deuce! Big comeback by Nadal. McEnroe's talking about how Federer's been very passive in his return on Nadal's serves. UNBELIEVABLE POINT! You'll see this one on Sportscenter. "The most physical point of the match", McEnroe says. Federer got the point. Back to Deuce. Nadal follows with an ace for the advantage, and then gets the next point. Game Nadal, 5-4. If he wins this match, that game will be likely be a big reason why.
I missed the last game but Federer apparently won it. 5-5.
40-40, Federer had the game and blew it. Nadal challenges a shot... out, point Federer and he has the advantage. This match is just unbelievable. It's living up to the hype unlike the Super Bowl will I imagine. Deuce again. Advantage Nadal on another awesome point. Wow, what a point from Federer. This is just kickass. Deuce again. Nadal with a point, and another. Nadal with the game, 6-5.
I have the worst headache in the history of live blogs. Way too much changing up of booze. Huge turnaround in this game, 30-40, Nadal 1 point away from winning the set. Of course Federer follows with an outstanding serve, Deuce, again. One of the best points of the match that Federer wins to get the advantage, then Nadal quickly with a point, now an Ace from Federer. This is effing intense. Deuce again, my God. Another unreal point from Federer, now an Ace and we've got a Tiebreak!
Justin just brought up an interesting point: "When the Aussie voice says 'deuce', it sounds like 'douche'. Federer with the 1st point, but then flies out to center field on the next one.
Anyway... 2-1 Federer apparently. 2-2 now, and we're 3 hours into the match.
3-3 now. This is a complete coin flip. Nadal's taking over now, and gets a point that brings the crowd to their feet. 6-3 Nadal. Double fault from Federer, Nadal wins the set!
I have Tal Bachman's "She's So High" stuck in my head. She's so highhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!
Adam just posted a good comment which requires you to drink, yes, we're still drinking... "Federer serves to start the 4th set with new balls." 1-0 Federer.
A couple more great points from Fed. 30-15. A couple plays happen, 2-0 Roger.
2-1 Federer. I know, my analysis is fading. Nadal serving, 15-30.... 2-2.
Nadal is stepping it up. Federer's serving, 30-40. Arguing! Drink! Federer with a great backhand and we've got yet another Deuce. Um... just an unreal point from Nadal. That was stunning. We're back at Deuce, now advantage Federer. We go back and forth. Now break point for Nadal, and now Federer with the point. Deuce again. YOU'VE GOTTA BE SHITTING ME! One of the greatest points I've seen in my lifetime, just unfuckingbelievable. Dick Enberg screamed, "Oh come on!" McEnroe screamed "No way!" Cahill followed with "That's insane!" My feelings exactly to all of those. Then Federer comes back with the point, now Nadal with the advantage again. This is ridiculous. Now Federer gets Nadal running the wrong way on a backhand, advantage Federer. Federer misses a backhand with plenty of open court. 7th Deuce of this game. Finally, Federer wins the game and takes a 3-2 lead in the set.
I don't care if you're not a fan of tennis. This is just a remarkable sporting event to watch and you're missing out if you don't watch this. It will surely be on ESPN Classic very soon.
I went to take a piss, it's 40-30 Federer. He gets the game, 4-2.
Federer shuts out Nadal in the next game, 5-2. He's kicking some ass now. We're looking at another 5 hour match.
They keep having these like promos for the match in the middle of it, talking about their rankings, rivalry, the anticipation, etc. Um, do you really need to keep advertising this match? We're 4 hours into it almost. I'm pretty sure everybody's already watching and not stopping anytime soon.
Nadal wins a game, but then Federer closes out the set 6-3.
Nadal serving and dominates. 1-0 Rafa.
Now Federer serving and dominates. 1-1.
Nadal serving... domination... 40-0... 2-1 Nadal.
Wow. Nadal gets the game with Federer serving and he now has a 2 game advantage, 3-1.
As Cahill's saying, Federer's shot looks really flat right now and he's starting to hit everything into the net. Now he misses badly with a forehand. Nadal's taking this match over and can smell the title. Federer with another awful forehand. He's giving this set to Nadal. 40-0. Federer is climbing back though. He just ripped a forehand that barely stayed in, absolutely perfect shot. 40-30 Nadal. Nadal goes up the middle with the serve and Federer hits it right into the net. 4-1 Nadal.
Nadal is 2 games away from his 1st Australian Open title. Federer says not yet bitch! Shuts him out in that game, 4-2 Nadal.
Federer keeps hitting it into the net with the backhand. 40-0 Nadal. And game Nadal. 5-2.
I thought Federer just had a point that they ruled long, but the challenge showed the call was right. Double fault now, wow. 0-30, Nadal is 2 points away from the Aussie Open title. 2nd serve, Nadal long with the return. 15-30. Federer misses a forehand with open court long. He's tired. Championship point. 2nd serve coming. Nadal long. 30-40. 2nd serve coming again. Federer stays alive with a great rally. Deuce! Arguing! Point Nadal after some discussion. Championship point again. Another good rally... FEDERER IS LONG! RAFAEL NADAL IS THE 2009 AUSTRALIAN OPEN CHAMPION!
Wow, just wow. What a match. Federer ran out of gas surprisingly when everybody thought that would be Nadal after the 5 hour, 14 minute match in the semis against Verdasco. Rafael Nadal justifies his ranking as #1 in the world, and he's only getting better. Meanwhile, Federer looked great all tournament but age is going to start catching up to him. Rafael Nadal is the face of tennis and the guy to beat. If Federer can't beat him, I don't know who can right now.
Thanks to all of you that read the live blog. 6:15 AM right now my time. I think I might sleep until the Super Bowl.
Wow, I just came back on here... Federer can't finish his speech as he's in tears. The crowd's going nuts with a standing ovation but Federer's still crying. Nadal just came up and gave him a hug, now he's talking again. Now Nadal's up there and telling Federer how he's one of the best in the history of the sport and Federer's on the side in tears again. This is quite a sight. You get the feeling Roger was hit with an "It's over" sort of feeling, that he's not on top of the game anymore.