Can I be sad for Safin and joyous for Johansson?
Well I am. Marat Safin is my favorite men's tennis player. So I am very dissapointed he lost. But before the Russians, my favorite group of players was the Swedes. And no Swede had won a grand slam singles title since Stefan Edberg won the 1992 U.S. Open. But Thomas Johansson showed everyone that Swedish tennis is still alive. And Thomas took full advantage of his nice draw just the way Marat Safin did at the 2000 U.S. Open. Sometimes you have to be a little lucky. And Thomas got some breaks. Like playing a tough 5 set semifinal at night, and nearly 2 days before the men's final. But he took advantage of his breaks and that's the main thing. Johansson has often had bad luck on his side. Such as after winning the 1999 Canadian Open, he got a heart ailment of some kind, and had to miss the U.S. Open. Then last year, he won 2 grass court events before Wimbledon. Then he was unlucky to draw Andy Roddick early at Wimbledon. So Thomas finally got some breaks. And he took full advantage of them.
And atleast for one day, Thomas Johansson can step out of the immense shadows cast by Bjorn Borg, Mats Wilander and Stefan Edberg. Congrats Thomas!