What a match. These two were warriors out there tonight. Though Andy eventually prevailed, 76(2), 76(1), 46, 75, there was much respect shown at the net after the match. And thus ends Mamagate 2008. Good for those boys for battling hard and letting the quality tennis and sportsmanship shine through on center court. Arthur Ashe would be proud.
So Muzzah is now into his first Slam semifinal. Nice to see that his early round exit in Beijing was just a blip in his otherwise fantastic second half of the season. As I've said before, the men's game needs him as a #4 seed to balance out the Slam draws. It's also nice to see a counterpuncher in the mix.
But counterpunching ain't an easy game to play:
Andy looked absolutely tanked after the match. Luckily for him he'll have two days to recover. The Men's semifnals aren't until Saturday. Here's hoping Rafa takes out the Sockless Wonder tonight. A Rafa/Muzzah semifinal is exactly what we need.