Tiger Roots for Rafa and Serena at U.S. Open

Alex Myers discusses the U.S. Open runs of Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams—and why Tiger Woods was their biggest fan.

Released on 9/9/2019

Transcript

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So Tiger Woods was back to his
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fist pumping self last week,
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only it was on someone else's behalf.
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The five-time Masters champ made his first public appearance
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since undergoing a fifth surgery on his left knee.
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And he looked good on consecutive nights as he
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enthusiastically cheered on fellow Nike athletes
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Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams.
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The athletes that swoosh together, stay together.
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Sorry Roger, you switched to wearing Uniqlo
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and you're out.
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Anyway, it was nice to see the big cat
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prowling around the Big Apple.
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And how cute is Charlie Woods?
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This is the closest thing to a mini-me
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situation since Austin Powers 2.
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♪Just the two of us, we can make it if we try♪
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R.I.P Vern Troyer.
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Sorry, good song.
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Also, was little man taking a dig at pops's hair?
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Charlie, you sly dog, you.
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Okay, let's talk a little tennis.
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Tiger's two favorites nearly won the entire thing.
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But Serena was stunned by Bianca Andreescu
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in the championship match.
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It's the fourth consecutive Grand Slam final she's lost
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while attempting to tie the all time mark of 24 titles.
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Too bad.
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But, it's hard to fault a 37 year old mother
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for running out of gas against someone
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who is literally half her age.
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And at least there were no run-ins
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with the officials this time.
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Nadal on the other hand,
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is now just one off the men's all time
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Grand Slam record as well.
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With an epic five set win over Daniil Medvedev,
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he has 19 majors, just one behind Tiger's
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old Gillette and Nike pal.
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Which Nadal will obviously get to at next years French Open
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because he wins that tournament every year.
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With all due respect to Roger,
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Rafa is the tennis G.O.A.T in waiting.
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Well, until Novak Djokovic breaks all the records.
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Speaking of waiting,
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the Nadal match was also important for
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proponents of slow play penalties.
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You see, unlike in golf,
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they actually call these in tennis.
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As Nadal was penalized a first serve not once,
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but twice during the fifth set.
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There's a little serve clock that counts down
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and if it hits zero, that's it.
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Again, this was the tennis G.O.A.T
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being penalized twice in the fifth set
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of the championship match of the US Open.
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So please, PGA TOUR don't tell me there
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can't be something similar in golf.
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Anyway, this thrilling match actually lasted
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longer than some rounds on tour.
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As Nadal and Medvedev battled for more than five hours.
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These guys are good,
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and in decent shape.
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But could they play 45 holes in a cart in one day,
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like I did earlier this summer?
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Yeah, they could probably do that too.
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[upbeat music]
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