Yeah, I want to speak out what I'm thinking. Thank you for making an opportunity of this, lina. It's not easy work for my English but I'll try. I don't want to try to analyse the match or figure out why he lost. I just want to put down my thoughts and feelings here.
This morning right after the match, literally I felt sick and almost cried. So devastated. I even didn't want to see the match on TV(as I live in the westcoast of US, they showed the delayed taped match). I didn't want to read any articles and posts in MTF. It seems like my heart was totally broken. I thought it would take a couple of months for me to get over it as it did when Roger lose to Safin at AO.
However, slowly I got to realize that this is only the 3rd loss of this year. Of course, 2 of them are SFs at the grand slam. Those are big. It might be big. Many people must be disappointed with that. But so what? He'll be staying as no.1 in the world even though Nadal wins FO and then the Race points of them are tied. He has still 2 more GSs coming, which will take place on his favorite surfaces. And there are bunch of other tournaments he can dominate. Top of all, nobody doubts his ability and status as a player to beat just by this one defeat. So why should we be so disappointed? It's not the end of the world.
We, Roger fans including me, have been a little(no, very) spoiled. Since 2003 MC, he've done what nobody'd done yet. NOBODY, yes, includes Roger himself. In some respects, it's much easier to reach a certain level for the first time in one's career or life. However, the maintenance of the level is a totally different story. It requires more labor and energy. It's just like, in geometry, the area below the slope of a hyperbolic curve is smaller than that below the plateau of the curve. Besides, we all know it's much more difficult to repeat the same results right after such an incredible 2004.
An irory is all these are attributed to Roger himself. He've raised a bar of tennis 'too much' to the extent that he(yes, even he) has to improve his own level of tennis. I think this must be driving him crazy and wearing him down sometimes, especially in a mental aspect.
Nonetheless, somehow our beloved Roger has come through this year despite of all the pressure. So far better than last year! No GS title? C'mon, give him some slack. He missed just one, AO. This year he reached SF at FO, has better win-loss ratio and won more titles. How about that? Not good enough for you? Seriously, I'm really amazed by how well he has managed physical and mental fatigue which, I guess, must be enormous.
Yes, today's loss made us feeling awful and annoyed at what people unthoughtfully talk. But we have to get used to his losses as well as his wins. We have to admitt and embrace the facts that he is human, sometimes he plays like a crap and he can lose a match in one bad day even though it's a GS
. What do we want from him more? He plays tennis like a god but he's not a god.
Today I decided not to get heart-broken any more from his loss as far as he is No. 1 in the world and I can enjoy his beautiful tennis for a long time. I just feel thankful for his presence in my time.
But please, guys, don't jinx him or say something stupid like "somebody's birthday is the day of SF at Wimbledon"
Just cheering him. Wish him to win. Sometimes that's not enough, like today.
Sorry for a long post.