Kudos to Andy Murray – An-deeee – for his convincing victory over Novak Djokovic in the Rogers Cup in Montreal, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.
Andy had lost to Nole eight times previously so he needed this one. Now he’s back at No. 2 at a moment when he and wife Kim Sears are expecting a baby, due early next year. (As one site put it, looks like Andy’s following Nole’s example in more ways than one.)
Of all the Big Four rivalries – Roger Federer/Rafael Nadal (Fedal); Fed/Nole; Fed/Andy; Rafa/Andy; Rafanole; – Novandy, or perhaps that should be Nolandy, is one of everyone’s least favorite. Mais pourquoi? I saw Novandy play two years ago at Madison Square Garden for World Tennis Day and found it a delightful display of power tennis.
As for Nole’s loss, well, what can you say about a guy who’s lost only four matches all year? Granted, two were biggies – against Andy at the Rogers Cup and Stan “The Man” Wawrinka in the French Open final, but still, it wasn’t like they were first-rounders. And four losses against 56 wins? As my sisters would say, that’s crazy.
Even Serena Williams – who’s on target to become the first woman since Steffi Graf to win the Grand Slam – went down in the semis in Montreal.
Nobody’s perfect – though Nole comes pretty close.