Would Espn's Cliff Drysdale ever rip Sampras or Roddick the way he did Safin?
I don't think he would. But because Safin isn't American, he's an easy target.
At the end of the men's final. ESPN's Cliff Drysdale said Marat Safin "dogged" it in the second and third sets. Safin lost both sets 6-4 6-4. They were competitive sets. Safin was just a step slow for the entire final. And Thomas Johansson took advantage of it. I also think because Drysdale gave Johansson virtually no chance to win the title, he had to make up some excuse as to why Safin lost. So he came up with the he "dogged" it in the second and third sets. It was obvious to me that Safin was a step slow. And he didn't have his dominant serve. He was tired, and Johansson took advantage of the situation.
The next time a Roddick, Sampras or Agassi loses a big match, in which they lose two straight 6-4 sets, I want to hear Cliff Drysdale say they "dogged" it. Do you think he would have the guts to say that about American stars Roddick, Sampras and Agassi? I didn't think so.