OK, so I’ve been dragging my feet on this, but I just *have* to comment on Fernando Verdasco’s recent victory over Rafa in Madrid.
Put yourself in Verdasco’s shoes for a second: You’re playing the greatest clay court player of all time. Period. He (Rafa) has a 13 match winning streak against you, and you’ve NEVER beaten him on clay. Rafa is serving for the match at 5-2 in the 3rd set.
Is there any reason what.so.ever that you should be hopeful? What sort of mental insanity would one have to possess in order to not only believe you could win, but to even think it could be a remote possibility?
So there’s Verdasco. He’s down 2-5 to Rafa. Rafa is serving at 15-0, and hits 3 or 4 winners in a row…only they’re not winners. Verdasco is either stupid, or stubborn, or both, but whatever his reasoning was, he just doesn’t give up. Nevertheless, the short thread he was hanging on came to an end. Nadal stretched Verdasco out to a corner, Verdasco made a good stick-save, and floated a high, “please smash the hell out of me” overhead that Nadal would soon put away, and go up 30-0.
Only that didn’t happen. Nadal missed that routine overhead, and went on to lose not only that game, but the match!
That, boys & girls, is why you should never give up.
Tennis fans, if you haven’t already done so, say thanks to F.V.1 for reminding us that Sir Winston Churchill was, in fact, correct:
“Never give in, never give in, never; never; never; never – in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense” ~ W.C.
Here endeth the lesson.
- BTW, Fernando, you should change your Twitter background. You’re a handsome dude, I’ll give you that, but it makes you look pretentious. And pretentious is never cool.