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Worth Seeing Again Even if You Saw it First Time Round
on 25 July 2013
I was in France for the last six days of Wimbedon. Big mistake! We were in a sports bar when the Wimbledon semi finals were on and they chose not to show the tennis, but preferred horse and cart racing. Plenty of Tour de France coverage on Sunday when the final was on, but no tennis. I guess if Tsonga had been in the final it may have been different. Although my daughter was texting me regularly throughout the match and point by point in the final game it really did not fully compensate for not seeing the match so this DVD was a must.
The DVD turned up yesterday and my feelings on seeing it were a bit mixed. Knowing what the outcome was it was a lot easier to appreciate the quality of the tennis, rather than being caught up in the emotion of the moment but obviously the tension for those who saw it live was missing. The DVD contains every minute of the match from the moment the players walk onto the court right through to the prize giving and speeches.
The quality of the tennis was very high and although the raw statistics show that Djokovic made a lot more unforced errors than Murray - about two and a half times as many - this was really due to the consistency of Murray's play, the long rallies and the constant pressure being exerted on Djokovic. This was not a match he lost but definitely one which Andy won. Certainly the emotion of the closing scenes came across as though it were live and the contrast between Andy being overwhelmed with the moment of his success contrasted totally with his total despair last year.
Even if, unlike me, you were able to view this live on the final Sunday of Wimbledon, you may find it worthwhile to revisit and to appreciate the quality of the tennis without being caught up in the occasion. I will certainly view it again, probably many times. Incidentally, this is one DVD which is not burdened with numerous additional features - there are none whatsoever.