I feel like my WTA YEC edition went over so well, why not be an equal-opportunist and do it for the men too. So, without further ado, please once again indulge me in a little bit of irrelevant analysis, what I’d like to call, “ATP World Tour finalists as current chart-climbing pop songs.” Enjoy.
1. Tomas Berdych, One Republic – Secrets: “My God, amazing that we got this far. It’s like we’re chasing all those stars who’s driving shiny big black cars.”
- Why: First off, the name of the song is “secrets,” and it’s a very well-kept secret how Tomas had the year he did – making only one Masters final (Miami) and one Grand Slam final (Wimbledon) and winning no titles – and still managed to make the World Tour Finals. It’s amazing that he got this far and he’s still chasing “all those stars.” Can he finally catch up to them in London?
2. Andy Murray, Willow – Whip My Hair: “Don’t let haters keep me off my grind. Keep my head up and I know I’ll be fine.”
- Why: Murray haters are those that doubt his ability to win a Grand Slam, and there are a lot of them out there (practically all of Great Britain, save his mom, Judy, and dog, Maggie). Well, leave him alone because he’s had a pretty decent year. He’ll be fine, just let him whip his hair.
3. Roger Federer, Katy Perry – Firework: “You’re original, cannot be replaced. If you only knew what the future holds. After a hurricane comes a rainbow. Maybe you’re reason why all the doors are closed, so you can open one that leads you to the perfect road.”
- Why: Alright Roger, so you didn’t have the year you’d hoped for, but you won a Grand Slam in Australia and had a fantastic showing at all the rest. You never seem to disappoint and always give us your all. Who knows what the future holds, you could win five or six more slams. Or, you could win none. But, no matter what, you’re still pretty great.
4. Novak Djokovic, Sugarland – Stuck Like Glue: “There you go making my heart beat again, heart beat again, heart beat again. There you go making me feel like a kid, won’t you do it and do it one time? There you go pulling me right back in, right back in, right back in, and I know I’m never letting this go, I’m stuck on you, stuck like glue.”
- Why: This song has two meanings for Nole. The first having to do with the numerous heart attacks he almost gave me during his five-set thriller against Roger in the semifinals of the US Open, and then the numerous heart attacks he gave me during his four-set final against Rafa in the Final. So close yet so far. Which brings me to the next meaning – stuck like glue in the rankings. At one (brief) time, he was stuck like glue at number 2, but he’s since been stuck at number 3 and has yet been able to surpass his foes and be on top. Can Nole unstuck himself once and for all?
5. Robin Soderling, Maroon 5 – Misery: “I am in misery. There ain’t no other who can comfort me. Why won’t you answer me? Your silence is slowly killing me.”
- Why: I’m not trying to imply that Robin is in misery or is miserable (though many would beg to differ), but rather this song implies the misery he provides to others. First and foremost, Roger at the French Open (2010). Secondly, and most recently, denying the French a hometown winner at the Paris Masters. But hey, one man’s (or country’s) misery is another man’s success. Go with your bad self, Sod.
6. Andy Roddick, Bruno Mars – Grenade: “Easy come, easy go. That’s just how you live, oh. Take, take, take it all, but you never give.”
- Why: Hands down the biggest grenade in Roddick’s life is Roger Federer. He’s taken numerous Grand Slam title opportunities from the top-ranked American, but has yet to let him catch a break. Their head-to-head record is 20-2 (in Roger’s favor, of course) so I guess we shouldn’t hold our breath that Roger will give Andy a break in his favor anytime soon.
7. Rafael Nadal, Black Eyed Peas – The Time (Dirty Bit): “I came up in here to rock. Light a fire, make it hot. I don’t wanna take no pictures I just wanna take some shots! So come on, let’s go! Let’s lose control! Let’s do it all night! Until we can do it no more!”
- Why: As if the chorus of the song, “I’ve had the time of my life,” wasn’t enough to make this song Rafa’s theme song, take a deeper look into the lyrics. He came here to rock. He wants to take some shots. He’ll do it until he can do it no more. Yup, that pretty much sums up Rafa.
8. David Ferrer, Taylor Swift – Back To December: “I go back to December all the time.”
- Why: Remember last December when David was on Spain’s Davis Cup team and they won the final? That was a good time.