Sunday, July 5, 2009

Fedex ....Greatest Tennis Player.....of all times!!

Fifteen - Love & way to go.......

Roger Federer has done it.....& done it in style....He is the undisputed King of Tennis, having scaled all possible peaks......His victory tonight at Wimbeldon finals over Andy Roddick was probably a demonstration of his physical & mental capabilities. The pre match preview showed Federer as an overwhelming favourite to lift the crown with a 18-2 record against Roddick. A lot of tennis fans across the globe were looking at a one sided contest. However, Andy Roddick was a much improved player this year, & was determined to stop the Swiss Champion on his tracks. He had already consumed the English heart throb Andy Murray in the semis & was looking mean & good on Centre Court.

The finals began with Roddick fighting tooth & nail with Federer from the word go. The score line of 5-7, 7-6, 7-6, 3-6, 16-14 goes to demonstrate how closely the match was contested. In fact, Roddick had won the first set by breaking Federer serve & then in the 2nd set was leading 6-2 in the tie breaker, with just one more point to make it 2-0. But Federer came back ahrd & won the next six points to win the tie breaker 8-6 & level the score. The next set again went to tie break & Federer had his nose ahead again. with two set to one up, Federer looked on course for a victory, but Roddick stormed back to break Federer on service again & take the 4th set at 6-3. Fifth set was simply fascinating, with both players matching shot for shot, volley for volley. Since there are no tie breaks for the fifth set, the match kept extending, with both players draining their energies & winning the services. Finally Federer managed to break Roddick & win the marathon at 16-14. In fact, this was the only service game that Roddick had lost in the entire match, a tribute to the way he played. That one service game cost him the Championship, as he mentioned in his post match interview, " Am sorry Pete(Sampras), I tried my best, but could not." As one of the commentators mentioned during the match, it was like two gladiators on the court. Its amazing to note that Federer had hammered 51 aces(a record for a grand slam final) & yet had to fight so long & hard to win the title. While, the heart went out to Andy Roddick for his outstanding game(one really felt sorry for him........he so much deserved to win today), it was the Champions luck & tenacity, that gave Federer his 15th grand slam title.

Roger Ferderer, has now won 15 grand slams(first ever), one more than Pete Sampras, who was present at the court to watch the classic contest. Federer had achieved this in just 7 years, what Pete had taken 12 years to achieve. In post match interviews, all the yester year champions, including Sampras, Borg, Laver, Becker, & others, hailed Roger Federer as the all time greatest. At 27 years of age, he has been in 21 consecutive grand slam semis, a record, which looks so unreal. With at least 5 more years of tennis, we can only imagine, what records he would be setting for the next generation. Question is, does he have any more heights to scale??? What would drive him to further victories. Possibly the hunger for tennis, as he is enjoying every bit of his game. It would now be interesting to see his contest against Rafa Nadal, who has been nursing injuries of late.

For now, Fedex rolls on......hail the greatest tennis champion af all times.....Roger Federer.

2 comments:

sharada said...

but i felt roddick played too good a game....if he would have played for few more minutes he could have possibly won it....as anger n fatigue ws getting clearer on federer's face....nevertheless federer is a great player...i enjoyed the game too....but i am also waiting to see him play with nadal...n if nadal is in his good health....

Anonymous said...

truly rony... great great game.. i cudnt catch the live match, but saw the highlights, plus readin ur post is lyk goin thru the entire match only... he is undoubtedly the champion of all times... n i m sure that he will beat nadal when nadal returs...it will be a nice competition to watch... cheerss... federrer, U ROCK!!!

- Adi