Wimbledon 2010 is barely 4 hours old and already my nerves are worn to a frazzle. It's not so long since Alejandro Falla was serving for the match at 5-4 in the 4th set against Roger Federer, having lost a couple of good chances to finish him off in the 3rd.
Luckily Federer broke serve, took the set to a tie break which he won 7-1 and then won all 6 games of the final set.
Falla played well and it was only in the last set and a bit that we saw Federer in the form we've become accustomed to. It was some feat to pull that recovery out of the bag.
As always be was gracious to his opponent, making no excuses for his own performance, but praising Falla's play.
Maybe he thinks that he has to live up to the epic Final against Andy Roddick which was his last appearance on Centre Court. You know what? I'd be quite happy for him to coast through the next few rounds. I'm not sure I can cope with the emotional trauma of cliffhangers from him as well as the inevitable Andy Murray thrillers.
I love everything about Wimbledon, from calls of "new balls please", to strawberries to the funny and frank commentary we get from the inimitable John McEnroe.
Let's hope we have a brilliant tournament.
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