Sunday, July 5, 2009

Forza Federer

I am a tennis fan.

And this year's Wimbledon is such a delight as much as the exciting French Open. A few things about this year's Wimbledon.

1) You've got the best player in grass court ...and i mean not just the best, but the greatest Roger Federer, who was out to redeem himself from the sorry lost in last year's tournament courtesy of Rafa Nadal.

2) Former World No.1 Nadal, who took away the top seed from RF in last year's Wimbledon, was out of the tournament because of knee injury. Sure, it could have been exciting with him around...but the ball is round, and Wimbledon was the venue to append the World No. 1 title again on Roger Federer's name.

3) Apart from reclaiming RF's no.1 ranking, Federer was set to get his 15th grand slam title, after tying his 14th slam with another great Pete Sampras (USA) via the Roland Garros 2009.

4) This year's men's singles was marvelous, sublime and massive, and why not? You've got Andy Roddick who went up against Andy Murray and ruined the hopes of the Brits for their first Wimbledon via the Anydmonium. Heck! fans were treated with a classic match of Roger Federer coming from a set down to defeat Andy Roddick 4-6, 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 16-14 in 4 hours and 16 minutes.

5) Apart from that, we saw tennis legends in the royal box watching day 13 of Wimbledon's epic match. It's nice to see Rod Laver, Bjorn Borg and Pete Sampras side by side as they watch another great Roger Federer.

There are a lot of reasons to say why this year's final match can be described as tense, fun and knotty, especially when you have Sampras flying over in the am to witness a classic, record-breaking game, alongside tennis greats, whose records were beaten and broken over the years. You have an Andy Roddick on the other side of the court, playing tough with those secret service powers and wonderful backhand to beat. You have an umpire whose calls you want to challenge from time to time. You have a huge crowd to please and many more watching at home, across the globe.

At the end of the day who wouldn't grin at the idea that you brought down the house with 2 sets or so, of aces in a match; at the thought that you were able to regain World's No.1 title after you slip down to no.2 last year; at the fact that you've made history by setting your 15th slam, by far the most number of wins ever made by a player; and at the great delight that you're sending merriment and glee to fans like the one who's writing this post.

Delightful Indeed!!!

**Photos from Wimbledon Facebook.