REPORTING FROM THE ALL ENGLAND CLUB IN WIMBLEDON
So this is what tennis is turning it. its next generation. The straight man vs. the punchline.
Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic won their semifinal matches Friday to advance to the Wimbledon final. It’ll be the third final in the past four majors that they have played each other. In a crazy Wimbledon of upsets, it so happens that the No. 1 and the No. 2 seeds have reached the end. They are supposed to be here. They are consistently the best players in the game.
And remember their last classic against each other? It was in … uh. Well, no, they haven’t had a classic yet. I’m not sure they ever will. But for this to work, they’re going to need their Federer-Nadal Wimbledon moment.
These rivalries in sports are mandatory. They drive a sport, get people talking, choosing sides. Tiger or Phil. Bird or Magic. Roger or Rafa.
But in tennis, generations go so fast, and there is little time to replace them, promote them and define them.
Defining Djokovic and Murray is going to be a problem.
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