Over the course of the last week, I have had a major distraction from my studies in the form of the U.S. Open. One of my housemates is a tennis player and avid tennis fan so I have often found the station turned to USA, which was airing most of the tournament.
Tennis is an addictive game to watch. If you know how it works, it can be very interesting to see the amount of skill that goes into winning a match in one of these Grand Slam tournaments, of which there are four, in order: the Australian Open, the French Open, Wimbledon, and finally the U.S. Open.
Today was the last day of the U.S. Open with the final event being the Men’s single’s final between the top-ranked Roger Federer against Novak Đoković (spelled Djokovic during the tournament). Federer beat Djokovic in 3 sets, which is the minimum number.
But don’t let that number deceive you—Djokovic played a very close match with the first two sets being determined in a tie-break rounds. Not only that, in both sets, Djokovic was the first to break Federer’s serve. Indeed, in the first set, he had 5 set points during his serve. For this reason the nickname that we used when watching the game changed from “The Djokester” to “Chokovic”.
It was almost painful watching him fail to win those sets, but it was a good match of tennis, perhaps not as exciting as some of those featuring Rafeal Nadal, but it still had its moments.