I write this post amidst the news of the tennis great Roger Federer going down against Djokovic in the Australian Open Semi Final match. He lost 6-1,6-2, 3-6, 6-3
Roger Federer is one name that is synonymous with Tennis and he is the only reason I started following the game. Slowly and steadily understanding the scoring, rules and other aspects. Federer is the most successful and accomplished player in the open era having won 17 singles grand slam titles apart from holding the number 1 position for 302 weeks, that’s almost 6 years ! He is the master of grass court and the player to beat. He won his first grand slam singles title at Wimbledon in 2003 and there was no stopping for the young Federer after which it was all Federer for almost 9-10 years when he dominated all the tennis major tournaments.
Being a true Federer fan, seeing him lose is one of the toughest thing to digest. I wouldn’t say that his form is going down, because he is consistently reaching the Quarter Finals / Semi Finals of almost all the major tournaments. That itself is a big achievement. Further he has been one of the top 3 seeds for quite sometime now. Maintaining the same with players like Djokovic and Nadal is a great thing.
Federer is all about class, just like what Dravid was to Cricket. The legendary Jimmy Connors once said “In an era of specialists, you’re either a clay court specialist, a grass court specialist, or a hard court specialist… or you’re Roger Federer” Federer is an all round player and is definitely a master of all the shots that Tennis has. Be it the classy back-hand or the powerful forehand or the cheesy Drop Shot, Federer is master at all. Recently we saw him add the innovative SABR (Sneak Attack by Roger) shot, in which he charges his opponent, while receiving the serve, and hits a return on the run.
Federer has been constantly upgrading his game to match his opponents. He looks more agile on the court and has answers to almost all the shots his opponents dart at him. It’s hard to see him lose in the recent times 🙁 All the major tournaments we have seen him lose when he was just a step away from glory. But it’s nice to see him determined and say “I’ll see you guys next year” and that’s what I like, but it would be great to see him at the winning side. Today’s match was pretty bad if you see the scoreline, being in office I didn’t get to see the match live, but was closely following the scores. Will definitely catch up on highlights.
In the end I would quote one of the apt quote for Federer : “Heros come and go but Legends are forever”