All that Sturm und Drang and here we are. The Top 4 boys battling it out. What was the point of all the other stuff? Gosh, where to begin.
You know how confused I am when I start a sentence with "Gosh".
So we have the GOAT (Greatest of All Time), the GORN (Greatest of Right Now), the GORC (Greatest on Red Clay), and the GAPP (Greatest at Popping Pills). The GORN is one win away from securing the #1 ranking outright. So if the GOAT beats the GORN then he not only stops the potentially record-breaking streak, but he keeps the #1 ranking out of the GORN's hands for at least a few days. The GORN can still take the top spot if anyone but the GORC wins the title here, meaning that if the GOAT can beat both the GORN and the GORC then the GORN still takes the ranking. Which would make the GOAT cry a little bit into his new trophy, methinks.
But the GORC looked awesome against Sod today. He finally found his game and even when Sod raised his level and made things tight in the third set, the GORC stepped it up and stopped his charge, winning in the tiebreak.
As for the GAPP, he will be doing what he does best (popping pills) to try and mount a charge and not make a complete fool of himself on Friday. Can he pull off the upset? Um...I guess? I mean, he took a set off the GORC in Monte Carlo with a numb arm. But unless the GORC eats some bad gambas on Thursday night, no, I don't think the GAPP has a chance. But well done to him for gritting and gutting it out this week to make the semis. He's now made the semis at all four Slams. Not bad for the pill-poppin sonofabitch.
So...the only thing I think I know for sure is that Rafa will be in the final. Past that...no result would surprise me.
(Pics: Getty, Reuters)