Alright, I’m gonna get straight to it. Here are my predictions for this year’s Roland Garros. Unfortunately, I’m too lazy to write extensively about the women’s draw. I’ll just say I think Serena’s gonna claim the title. Prob. meet Azarenka in the final.
Who I think will win: Rafael Nadal. He’s 46-1 on the red clay in France, and has won the tournament six times in the past seven years. The king of clay. Enough said. (What about Djokovic? I’d put him in second in line to win it).
Who I want to win: Roger Federer. The greatest sporting moment I’ve ever witnessed was his Semi-Final victory last year over Novak Djokovic. Oh my God it was amazing. I wrote about it here. But if Federer does meet Nadal in the Finals, it would be like "A thing of threatened beauty, but like a rapier swishing at cannon balls." (Kevin Mitchell, The Guardian). I don’t want to get my hopes up though. Please prove me wrong, Federer.
Dark Horses: Murray, Berdych, Raonic. Murray always lingers around in the finals - you always see him either in the QF’s or semis. Clay’s not his best surface. Who knows, he might surprise us. As for Berdych and Raonic, I’d expect them to MAYBE slip into the semis. Def. one of them will make it to the quarters. They’ve been playing amazing. Raonic only lost to Federer by 3 points in the final set of the Madrid Open not too long ago.
At night, when the streets are barren, and when I’m driving home from parties or get-togethers with friends, I notice that I have a lot of deep thoughts. They’re mostly related to how much it’s gonna suck saying goodbye to these people. I know that we’ll keep in touch throughout college and possibly on, but it won’t be the same seeing them in the hallways, in the parking lots, at lunch, etc. And it doesn’t really help that I’m the only one out of my close group of friends that’s going to college alone, without anyone that I know.
I guess I’m in that transition period, right between two phases of my life.