It was carnage, but still worth getting up in the early hours today to see.
In the end, it seemed clear Andy Roddick's biggest mistake was creating even the slightest glimmer of possibility that he might be able to defeat the best player in tennis history, Roger Federer, at the Aussie Open.
The 6-4, 6-0, 6-2 whipping Federer laid on the No. 1 American player demonstrated that the exhibition match prior to the first Grand Slam event of '07 in which Roddick actually beat Federer was in no way a reflection of the true nature of this "rivalry."
Some interesting stats:
The Swiss maestro now gets either Tommy Haas or red-hot Chilean Fernando Gonzalez in the final as he attempts to win his 10th Grand Slam title.
One more after that and he ties The Rocket, Rod Laver.
Five more and he'll pass Pete Sampras for the most all-time.
Nine more and he'll have more majors than Jack Nicklaus won in golf.
You don't have to like this sport to want to watch this player, an athlete who finds a new, higher level to reach almost every week.
On Sunday, he'll try to become the first man to win a Grand Slam event without dropping a single set since Bjorn Borg at the 1980 French Open.
Roddick, as it turned out, was just a spectator along the way, his confidence shattered by the greatness of his opponent.