I am still a little misty-eyed as I write this post and that is only because of the immense respect and appreciation I have for the talent,skill,commitment and class of Roger Federer. Congratulations to Nadal for putting up such a splendid exhibition and proving himself worthy of all the accolades coming his way.
I tend to get really passionate when it comes to Roger’s matches and today’s match was such a perfect setting for Fed to capture a record-equalling 14th grand slam, get the trophy from Rod Laver whom Roger admires so much, beat Nadal on hard court and do it all in style in front of millions of his fans, that his tears during the ceremony must have made several people reach for tissues. Even after winning so many times and earning in millions and playing on the tour for more than a decade, his love for the sport and his desire to win showed when he cried on the podium. I hope people do not make an issue out of it saying he stole the limelight away from Nadal’s win and should have been more mature about the defeat. He is human after all and is not afraid to wear his heart on his sleeve. He did not even have time to let the feeling of losing sink in.
Rafa is such a sweetheart. The way he went and hugged Federer and delivered his speech just goes to show he is a winner both on and off the court. As much as I hate to admit this, Rafa is definitely the better player now. It’s just that there is always a phase when you have to redefine yourself and Fed is not getting any younger. He needs a coach and a plan to face the younger and fitter players coming up on the tour. Both Rafa and Roger are wonderful ambassadors for tennis and sports in general. Like SRK famously quoted
‘Sports teaches you how to lose, it also teaches you how not to be a loser’
Looking forward to a wonderful clay court season and hoping that Roger breaks Sampras’ record in the near future. After all he is the best player to have ever held a racquet 🙂