Marin Cilic and Tommy Haas win the two most important Wimbledon tune-up events. Marin Cilic won his 8th career title and is moving toward a return to the top 10. Tommy Haas beat an all time great grass court champion to win his 2nd title at Halle while capping an inspiring return from injuries. Roger Federer lost at Halle. All of these would be worthy stories were it not for this:
The day’s line will read Haas d. Federer 7-6, 6-4 & Cilic d. Nalbandian 7-6, 4-3
The real story may be the return of the stereotype of tennis players being spoiled and temperamental. I am not trying to bash Nalbandian by laying at his feet the reputation of the entire sport, but I think Roger, Rafa and Nole have gone a long way to diminish the old way of viewing tennis pros. The Trivalry built upon the good work of Guga, Carlos Moya, and Pat Rafter. Obviously, every player has had a few moments he or she regrets, but this one in an era of youtube and twitter is not going to be easy for Nalbandian to forget. The video says it all.