Ha! As you may know, I had a bet with my 70-year-old colleague on who'd win the French Open final. Well, I won the bet.
My friend, Ian, was flabbergasted. He put the $1 on my desk with a note: "I might have lost still, but I could have played smarter, with a lot of more fire & effort than I did. Roger Federer."
Ian is a fun guy so don't take this post as a bashing. He's also casual tennis fan (he's a big baseball and NFL fan as well) and thought nobody could beat Federer, who he liked becasue he's "a cool character".
Then he saw the final. "What a disappointment!" he said. He was so struck by Federer's bad tennis that he interjected comments to me throughout the day.
"Na-dal was jumping up and down and Federer stood there with his hands in his pockets. He should've projected more excitement."
"I hope he and Na-dal don't meet again on grass. I think Na-dal would win."
"Just wait until the British press gets a hold of him. They'll make a cartoon of Na-dal walking on the court with Federer carrying his bags."
"Even Tony Roche looked disgusted. I saw him pull his cap down over his eyes."
He also observed Rafa's rituals of lining up his water bottles. He thought that was funny.
One other observation. He knew of Nalbandian, who I said was once Federer's nemesis. "Yeah, Nalbandian. He's one scary-looking dude."
So, this is my French Open conversation with a casual fan. Did anyone else watch with someone who doesn't obsessively follow tennis?