Through injuries, surgeries, retirements, coaching changes and meltdowns, we waited all of 2010 for this.
Tennis fans, your patience paid off.
This has been a memorable ATP World Tour Finals event from off court behind-the-scenes videos, media events and the caliber of tennis itself. Here are my picks for top 10 most memorable moments of the 2010 ATP World Tour Finals:
9. Robin Soderling and David Ferrer do publicity for Corona and play “tennis” on a double-decker yellow bus. Beer and two-story buses, the epitome of London.
8. ATP tribute to recently-retired Carlos Moya, a lovely speech by Rafa and a great showing from his peers on court. Not as many tears as the Elena Dementieva WTA YEC retirement announcement, but still just as special.
7. Bryan Brother’s ATP World Tour Vlog (video blog), featuring pranks with Polish Power. Mariusz Fyrstenberg is one funny guy. Who knew!
6. Media Day and the pictures from it. Priceless.
5. Rafa had a meltdown during his match against Tomas Berdych. We usually never see this from Rafa but he really got riled up over a line call.
4. Contact Lens-gate. During his round robin match against Rafa, Novak Djokovic had some issues with his contact lens. He apparently put two in for some reason and then spent most of the first set trying to get one out. He later claimed it was like “playing with one eye.” Then, the Djoker he is, came out for his match against Andy Roddick wearing an eye patch.
3. Family Affair for Nestor and Zimonjic. In their last match as doubles partners, Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic won their second ATP World Tour Finals title, and brought their cute kids on court to celebrate.
2. Roger Federer wins his fifth ATP World Tour Finals, defeating Rafael Nadal 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.
1. Match of the tournament Rafael Nadal defeats Andy Murray in the Semifinals 7-6, 3-6, 7-6. In a spectacle of what is tennis, the two men fought it out on court for a spot in the final, proving that tennis is just as good outside the Nadal/Federer rivalry as it is in it. The match was full of rich points and ended in an embrace at the net. It even had Murray saying “today is the reason why I play tennis.” And that is the reason why we watch.