2009 Wimbledon Men’s Final
5 July 2009
What happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object?
Well Andy Roddick’s serve was certainly an irresistible force, as shown by the fact that he won 37 service games straight against Roger Federer in the one match.
But Federer proved to be the legendary immovable object. Even in the presentation ceremony he remarked that he was glad the match ended when it did ‘because it could have gone on for another couple of hours.’ He certainly looked fresh enough to have kept playing for much longer, as fresh as if he had just walked onto centre court from the locker rooms. So it was clear that Roger had decided he wasn’t going anywhere without the trophy on this occasion.
So, history has played out, but what can we learn from it?
When two evenly matched players compete, the margin that decides the winner is often very slim. At this level, a win can be decided by as little as two points. Roger has certainly had his share of close losses, particularly against Nadal.
In the end, as they say, it seems to come down to who wants it the most. And whose psychological make-up is the most solid, the most unwavering.
Andy Roddick said in a press conference at Wimbledon: ‘Trying hard has never been one of my problems.’ From his chart (birth date 30 August 1982, Omaha, Nebraska, time unknown) we can see he has Jupiter and Mars in Scorpio, and Venus in Leo. These are both fixed signs. Mars is the fighter, the competitor, and in Scorpio it is particularly tenacious, fixed and determined to stay on course. It will fight to the end. If the match hadn’t finished when it did, Andy would surely have kept going for a few more hours also.
Venus in Leo can get fixated on what it wants as well, hence Andy’s disappointment at not winning the title was most likely immense, and it is a credit to him that he disguised this so well. There are other sides to this Venus as well, tremendous loyalty among them, and perhaps that sense of loyalty (to his coach, his support team) also contributed to his performance at Wimbledon.
However, Andy’s Sun is in Virgo, which is a mutable sign. While Virgos are generally busy and very hardworking, they can sometimes fluctuate, get distracted, and get off track. Now, a tennis match can be a great focus for staying on track, nevertheless there is a chance of this happening. They are also perfectionists, and keep constantly trying to get better in some way. This would keep him on the alert, and keep making adjustments if he finds he needs to get back on track.
Roger Federer (born 8 August 1981, in Basel, Switzerland) has his Sun and Mercury in Leo, and his Moon and Uranus in Scorpio. These are also fixed sign planets. On balance, Roger has more fixity in his chart than Andy, and perhaps therefore more ability to hold the belief that he should win the match. His record of wins would certainly give him a huge boost to that belief, even if it wasn’t indicated in his horoscope. As a Leo, being the winner, being number 1, sits comfortably with him. As does the respect of crowds, and competing on the big occasions.
Federer, as befits the Swiss nationality, also has a strong streak of Virgo – his Venus is in that sign. This is shown in his presentation, the way he conducts himself and the way he dresses. With Saturn (associated with rules and regimentation) currently in Virgo approaching his Venus, it was interesting that he wore a military style jacket on to court. So, if we didn’t already know this about Federer, we know now that he also has a strong perfectionist streak in him, and an ability to adapt his game to the style of his opponent. This tournament was notable for the ‘serving contests’ that four of his matches became. (Note the matches against Soderling, Karlovic, Haas and finally Roddick, all players with strong serves.)
In summary, in this classic Wimbledon final we saw two tenacious, evenly matched competitors, both worthy of being the champion battle it out until one faltered just enough for the other to break his service game. In the end it may have been the more fixed character who won, the one who believed till the end, who, as Andy put it ‘dug deep’ and hung in there. And that, as much as talent, is what has made Federer the champion he has become, and the winner of the most Grand Slam titles in the history of men’s tennis.
© Rainer Rollfink, 2009