Myeh, not in the mood for hockey. Let's talk tennis. In about 12 hours, Roger Federer will be making his 4th consecutive final appearance at Roland Garros. This time however, there will be no Clay Monster to stomp all over him. Instead, he will get the guy who beat Nadal.
Moving away from the whole pre-game analysis which I won't be able to do very well anyway.... I want to talk about what a big deal this victory would be.
First off, he has never won here. Winning this tournament would be great for that reason alone. When you've gone to the finals so many times it would be nice to just win the darn thing for once, right? Right.
Second, winning this would also put Federer into a small group of people who have won all four Grand Slams in their careers. That would cement his place in the history books as one of the best players ever (mind you, I still think Roger is the best player ever. But this would just be the final proof).
Third, winning this tournament would finally tie Roger's number of Grand Slam victories with those of Pete Sampras who has the most. Roger tried to tie the record back in at the Australian Open which as you might recall... didn't go so well. Roger had a meltdown and I had a metldown afterwards too (The Battle of the Cursed Barberpole Jerseys followed Roger's 4 o'clock in the morning match).
Fourth, should Roger win this, I think he'll be riding a huge confidence boost throughout the rest of the year. I think the Slams are what are important to Roger now and this win would give him a lot of confidence going into Wimbledon (there is also a chance that Rafa won't be making Wimbledon but I'm not too ready to fully believe that he won't be there). Yes, it's a different surface, blah, blah, blah, but winning this one is huge for the reasons I listed above and mentally, I think Roger will be good.