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Rafael Nadal is back to ATP world number 1 ranking for the first time since July 2011. Well it just shows how well he has played this season, especially when he was coming off a seven month injury layoff and had to miss the Australia Open this year. Even after missing such a big tournament he has claimed the number raking and is close to clinching the no.1 year-end ranking as well, which is something that is spectacular.

Though he did lose in the finals yesterday, which a fan was a little disappointing but then one cannot just expect him to win everything. He has already won 10 titles this year which is something special and though his personal best year was 2005 when he won 11 titles, he surely has enough tournaments left this year to break that record of his.

Apart from this he has won 5 ATP Master 1000 titles this year and can break the record by becoming the first player to win ATP 1000 titles in a year if he goes onto win in Shanghai this week or Paris a couple of weeks later. I though would hope that he wins both the tournaments and clinches the no.1 year end raking as soon as possible. And also hope that he could win the ATP World Tour Finals this year for the first time in his career as that is one of the very few prestigious trophies that he has never won.

I would like to wish him for this feat of his and hope that he has a very long stay at this ranking.

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Article: Nadal Chases History In Shanghai
Rafael Nadal has compiled an impressive streak at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events in 2013. As he enters the Shanghai Rolex Masters, the Spaniard could become the first player to win six ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events in one year.
“I hope to be ready for Shanghai,” he said on Sunday in Beijing. “It’s an important tournament, one of the most important of the season because it’s a Masters 1000 – you need to play against best players even in the first rounds.”
Nadal, who is 29-1 in ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events in 2013, is seeking his first Shanghai Rolex Masters trophy. He reached the final in 2009 (l. to Davydenko).
At the China Open, Nadal finished runner-up to Novak Djokovic. Even with the loss, the Spaniard vaults into the No. 1 position in the Emirates ATP Rankings, ousting Djokovic from the top spot. Nadal had not held the No. 1 ranking since July 2011.
The next few weeks will prove important to the 26-time Masters 1000 champion, as he is strongly favoured to finish as the year-end No. 1. “I’m going to be in the top of the rankings for a few weeks. I need to keep playing well to try to finish No. 1 at the end of the season,” Nadal stated.

Article: Nadal Will Return To No. 1 By Reaching Beijing Final
“Rafael Nadal will become No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings on Monday after reaching the China Open final.
Nadal will contest his 13th championship match of a remarkable season after World No. 5 Tomas Berdych retired at 2-4 in the first set in their Beijing semi-final on Saturday with a back injury.
Since returning from seven-month absence due to a left knee injury in February, Nadal has compiled a 65-3 match record on the season. He has won 10 titles from 12 finals, including the Roland Garros (d. Ferrer) and US Open (d. Djokovic) crowns plus five ATP World Tour Masters 1000 trophies.
“[This is] a great year, one of the best years of my career without any doubt,” sad Nadal. “[It] sure is special be back to the top position of the rankings after more than a half year without playing tennis.”
He said he was prouder of the hard work and results that earned him the No. 1 ranking, rather than the number itself. “At the end, it’s just a number… What [makes] me happy is [everything] I did to be back where I am today.”
The left-handed Nadal extended his FedEx ATP Head2Head over Berdych to 16-3. He has now won his last 15 clashes against Czech.
The 27-year-old Spaniard has had two stints at the summit of men’s professional tennis for a total of 102 weeks. Nadal first became No. 1 on 18 August 2008 for a period of 46 weeks. He regained top spot from Roger Federer on 7 June 2010 and added 56 weeks to his tally until relinquishing No. 1 to Novak Djokovic on 4 July 2011.
By reaching the final, Nadal is one win away from claiming his first China Open title since 2005. The Mallorcan extended his current winning streak to 21 matches. It’s the sixth season in his career than Nadal has posted 20 or more consecutive victories.
Nadal will attempt to retain the year-end No. 1 ranking for the first time since 2010 and the third time overall (also ’08). “[It] will be a great finish [to] the season if I am able to finish the season [at] the No. 1 spot.  For that, I am sure I need to win more matches if I want to be there,” said the Spaniard.
If he manages the feat, he’ll become the first player to finish as year-end No. 1 three years after losing the ranking. Ivan Lendl and Roger Federer both recaptured the year-end top spot in 1989 and 2009 respectively, after a gap of two years.
“If I am able to be No. 1 at the end of the season, then, that’s an important achievement because I will be the best of the year… That’s something that really motivates me,” said Nadal.
He wished Berdych a speedy recovery, ahead of next week’s Shanghai Rolex Masters.
“I barely can sit, I [can] barely can stand up [or] walk,” said Berdych, who described the injury as new. The Czech No. 1 said he tweaked his back while running for a backhand slice.
Berdych voiced his respect for Nadal. “It’s really incredibly well done in how short [a] time he [became] No. 1 again after [his] comeback… That’s really an achievement.””

 


It is one of the toughest phases ahead that Roger Federer would have faced in past few years. He enters into Wimbledon 2013 as the defending champion, and if he fails to defend it he might just slip down to 4th rank in the ATP rankings which would be the first in close 10 years (has been in top 3 for the past 514 weeks). Also, if  Ferrer and Nadal manage to reach the quarter-finals stage (which probably they should) and Federer is unable to defend the title then he would move out of the top 4 to the 5th rank (he has been in the top 4 for the past 520 weeks- 10 years). But that is not the worry for him. The biggest challenge for him would be that, if he fails to make it to the finals at Wimbledon, he would surely move out of top 4, irrespective of how anyone else fares at the tournament, especially since he has a threat of facing Nadal in as early as the quarterfinal stage. Again, since he is also chasing history to become the first male player to win Wimbledon 8 times, there would be a lot of pressure on him.

Well this Wimbledon could not have got bigger for David Ferrer, as his consistent play over the past 1 year coupled with the absence of Nadal from the tourney has helped him accumulate a lot of points, and has given him a chance to rise in the rankings. His career-highest rankings have been 4th rank so far and this Wimbledon would give him a chance to rise to world number 2 if he finishes the tournament on a high. This also gives Nadal to get back in top 3 rankings this year. He has made a positive return since his injury winning 7 titles and reaching all the finals of the 9 tournaments he has played since comeback. A title win for Andy Murray can help inch closer to the number 1 ranking, so there is a lot up for stake for him as well.

Only Djokovic who stands as world number 1 would sit comfortably in the tournament, with his ranking to stay intact after the tournament ends. Though he would be skeptical of Nadal who has already taken a lot of strides towards the number 1 year-end rank.

Also, with Federer not getting any younger, is this the beginning of the end of a legendary career? Or would this have a sceond life?

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Novak Djokovic is as close of the ATP number 1 rank, as he would have ever expected. He has had an unbelievable year so far. He has played 42 matches and has been undefeated. And now he is just one victory away to become the new world number 1 player. But the problem is that it is Roger Federer who stands in that way to number 1.

Djokovic will be playing Federer in the 2011 French Open semifinals. If he wins and enters the finals, he will become world number 1 from 6th June no matter what the result of the tournament is.  It is not very easy to defeat Federer in a grand slam match. Grand Slam takes the best out of Federer, and to defeat him there is not very easy. So, it is really a tough task in hand for Djokovic, but seeing his form over the last 5 months, it does not seem very difficult either. He had defeated Federer in the semifinals of 2011 Australian Open and before that in 2010 US Open, and surely will be a favorite to repeat that feat again this time in 2011 French Open.

But the biggest advantage Djokovic has at the moment is that even if he loses this match he still can claim the number 1 ranking if Nadal fails to win the tournament. And it is not going to be easy for Nadal to defend his title, as he has to face Soderling in quarters, probably Murray in semis, and then either of Federer or Djokovic in the finals.

To be very fair, I believe that Djokovic will claim the number 1 rankings, if not after French Open, then definitely after the Wimbledon. But for sure, it looks like Nadal will lose his number 1 spot very soon, and we will see a new world number. Either of Nadal or Federer has held this rank since February 2004. So it is a nice time to see a change.

However I am not very happy with this change since it is coming at the cost of my favorite player, Nadal, but I have to say that the kind of Tennis Djokovic has played in the past 5 months, he very well deserves this rank. This is possibly the first time ever that I have wished Federer to win a match, and that is really something unimaginable (this does not mean that I don’t like Federer or Djokovic, in fact I do admire them a lot, but I really like Nadal, and don’t like to see him loosing). But all I can hope that Nadal will be able to claim his number 1 rank back very soon.


Nadal with US Open 2010 trophy

Finally Rafael Nadal has won the US Open championship by winning it here in 2010. He defeated Novak Djokovic in four sets 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2. And what was even more convincing was that he was serving very well during the course of the match. Though his serve was broken three times in the match today, but he has lifted his game to a very high level since his serve was broken only five times during the course of the tournament. The second set was the first set that Nadal had dropped in this tournament and had he not dropped it he would have become the first player to win the US Open without dropping a set. Nevertheless the victory is more important and it came in not much difficulty (just four sets). This is his first win at US Open and his ninth Grand Slam win, and also his third Grand Slam win this year and that too third consecutive grand slam win. And the biggest of all he has completed his career Grand Slam, becoming the youngest to do so in the open era, and the third youngest all time to do so. Also he has also won the Golden Grand Slam that is that now he has all the Grand Slams and also the Gold Medal at the Olympic Games.

But one must say that Novak Djokovic played well in the match and it would have been really tough as he was coming after a great five setter win against Novak Djokovic. Well it does not happen many times that a player defeats Roger Federer in a Grand Slam. Well now for the third consecutive Grand Slam a player who defeated Federer in the tournament has not gone onto win the slam, and ironically it was Nadal who defeated that player in the finals (well this is the third time I am writing this as well, had written it in my previous posts of Nadal’s French and Wimbledon victories). So far for a record, Nadal has featured in as many as 11 Grand Slam finals and no one except Roger Federer has been able to defeat him. In fact Federer has defeated him twice but has lost to him five times in the finals. This was Djokovic’s third Grand Slam final, and he has lost twice, both the times here at US Open, once to Federer in 2007 and now to Nadal in 2010.

Nadal has been playing an unbelievable kind of tennis in this tournament winning all his matches till the finals convincingly in straight sets. In the finals also he won convincingly though he did drop a set but only at the score of 5-7. And now he has finally he proved why he is world number 1, and also that this time he is at the top to stay for a long time. With the win he completed his career Grand Slam and also has become the first player since Rod Laver (1969) to win Grand Slam on all the three types of court in the same year.

With this tournament also over it is confirmed that Federer again drops down to world number 3 (something that happened after Wimbledon as well), when the rankings change tomorrow. And with a very good run in the tournament Djokovic will be back at world number 2, from where he just dropped to number 3 before the start of the US Open.

As I had written earlier, now probably Nadal will end the year as world number 1, and with big wins under his belt, it will be a very tough next year where he will have to defend three titles. But yes it will not be very easy to replace him from the top that soon.

In the end I would like to congratulate Nadal for his win, and I hope that he wins the Australian Open next year and make it four Grand Slam wins in a row. And with the kind of tennis he is playing it does not really look that difficult. Also I am putting some of the images from his memorable win at the US Open here.

US Open runners up (Novak Djokovic) and winner (Rafael Nadal)


It is going to be Rafael Nadal versus Novak Djokovic in the US Open men’s final today. Yesterday (or rather today early morning) Djokovic managed to defeat Roger Federer in the semi-finals of the tournament. Though the victory came in 5 sets where he saved two match points in the final set, and then later went onto win the match. Djokovic has defeated Federer for the first time in the US Open. In fact for the last three years he has been going down to Federer itself. It was in the finals in 2007 and then in the semi-finals the last two years. So this victory definitely must be special for Djokovic and will now be looking forward to win his first US Open title.

On the other hand Nadal even though being no.1 was not the top contender for the title until the quarter finals stage even though he was coming on a high with a French Open and Wimbledon victories. His run in the tournament has been exceptional so far, something that was not expected from him. He has suddenly improved the level of his game to a great extent that I guess now everyone will start putting his name as the top contender in all grand slam events and not just French Open and Wimbledon. He so far has not dropped a single set in the tournament, in fact his serve was broken for the first time in the tournament in the quarter finals stage by Fernando Verdasco, and for only the second time in semi-finals by Mikhail Youzhny. This is something great because I always considered the service as the only weak point he has in his game. And now that he has lifted the level I don’t think they will be many who would doubt him winning his first US Open title, though I would not really like to write of Novak Djokovic, especially since he is world number 3 (will become no.2 tomorrow no matter what the outcome of final is). Also one thing I did not like was that before the semi-finals started hardly anyone gave Djokovic a chance to make it to the finals, even though he is world number 3. And yes now I am really happy that he has proved everyone wrong.

For Djokovic the road till the finals has been like a roller coaster. He managed to save few match points in the first round and won the match in a 5 setter, and then from there on won all his matches in straight sets, and again in the semi finals against Federer he saved two match points to win in a 5 setter. Now with this victory against Federer he has managed to push him down the rankings as well moving to the second rank.

For the stats Nadal is playing his first ever US Open final, his third final this year and now is the sixth man in the Open Era and second youngest to reach the finals of all the Grand Slams. A victory could see him win his 9th Grand Slam, he would complete his career grand slam, in fact a career golden slam, and also become the first player since Rod Laver to win the French, Wimbledon and the US Open title in the same year.

Few things that can go against Nadal is that this is his first US Open final and its Djokovic’s second. Djokovic is coming into the finals defeating Federer while Nadal has defeated only Verdasco as a top 10 player. Also though no one except Del Potro has defeated both Nadal and Federer in the same slam, but Potro did that the last year in US Open itself, which can look as an opportunity for Djokovic to repeat that. And the big thing will be the extra pressure on Nadal as he is playing his first US Open final and has a big opportunity to complete his grand slam.

Meanwhile in the tournament, in the women’s section Kim Clijsters won the finals defending her title successfully. She has played very good tennis so far and deserved to win, but again surprisingly even after winning she has dropped to number 5 in the WTA rankings. In fact Vera Zvonareva the losing finalist has jumped 4 places to world number 4, and the losing semi-finalist to Clijsters, Venus Williams has replaced her at world number 3. But I am happy that Ana Ivanovic and Maria Sharapova played really well, especially Ana and that now she should be able to break into the top 40 if not the top 30 rankings.

In the end I wish best of luck to Rafael Nadal for the final match. I hope he wins today.


Federer has dropped to world number 3 in the ATP rankings. This is the first time in almost seven years that he has dropped out of the top two ranks.

Meanwhile Novak Djokovic climbed to world number 2 eclipsing Roger Federer. Rafael Nadal strengthened his position at the top after his win at the Wimbledon. Already ranked world number 1 before the start of the tournament, Rafael Nadal, gained a lot of points because he missed this Grand Slam the last year. He has managed to make a mark able difference in points between his and Novak Djokovic the present world number 2, a difference that will need some taking to eclipse in next month’s to come.

Though Federer has dropped to world number 3, there is hardly any difference between his points tally and that of Novak’s. I don’t think Federer would like or will stay on this rank for a long time.

Apart from these Andy Murray maintained his rank of 4 after his semi final appearance at the Wimbledon. Robin Soderling managed to climb to world number 5 position, his highest ever while Davydenko dropped one place to world number 6. Juan Martin del Potro moved 1 place up to number 7 while the Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych moved five places to world number 8. Andy Roddick dropped 2 places to world number 9 while Spanish Fernando Verdasco dropped one place to world number 10. French player Jo-Wilfred Tsonga dropped out of the top ten rankings that were generated today. Somdev Devvarman is the highest ranked Indian at 104.

I hope that Nadal continues his form so that he can end the year as world number 1.


Rafael Nadal with the Wimbledon 2010 trophy

Finally Rafael Nadal has won the Wimbledon 2010. He defeated Tomas Berdych in straight sets 6-3, 7-5, 6-4. And what was even more convincing was that his serve was not even broken once during the course of the match. This is his second win at Wimbledon and his eighth Grand Slam win.

But one must say that Tomas Berdych played well throughout the tournament, I guess that today just was not his day. Well it does not happen many times that a player defeats Roger Federer in a Grand Slam. Well now for the second consecutive Grand Slam a player who defeated Federer in the tournament has not gone onto win the slam, and ironically it was Nadal who defeated that player in the finals. He did look a little nervous playing in his first Grand Slam final. It is not always easy playing in your first slam final. Also he had to face the world number 1, and I guess to add to this his killing serves also did not work. It was unfortunate he lost but Nadal was way ahead of him today. So far for a record, Nadal has featured in as many as 10 Grand Slam finals and no one except Roger Federer has been able to defeat him then. In fact Federer has defeated him twice but has lost to him five times in the finals.

Nadal did win his first match convincingly in straight sets. But his journey after that was not very convincing (his second and third matches were five setters). But he came into his rhythm in the quarter finals against Soderling, then Murray in semis,  defeating Soderling in four sets and then Murray in straight sets. And then finally he proved why he is world number 1, and why he won here 2 years back.

With this tournament also over it is confirmed that Federer also drops down to world number 3, when the rankings will change tomorrow. I might write about this tomorrow when the rankings actually change.

In the end I would like to congratulate Nadal for his win, and I hope that he wins the US Open in September to complete his Slam as well as win three slams this year. If that happens I think that Nadal then should end the year with world number 1 ranking. Also I am watching the mixed doubles final now, and i hope that Leander Paes win this one. So I am putting some of the Images from his memorable win at the Wimbledon here.


Nadal vs Berdych

It is going to be Rafael Nadal versus Tomas Berdych in the Wimbledon men’s final today. I was without the internet connection for more than a week so I could not post any update of the tournament. Though it is late still I would give in a few details here.

In the quarter finals round Berdych defeated the world number 2 and the defending champion Roger Federer in four sets. It was a very shocking exit for Federer, as with big seeds for his half had already been defeated his road to the finals looked very easy. But Berdyech had other plans, and with his good service games managed to do what no one except Nadal could manage to do in the past eight years in this tournament (that is defeat Federer in Wimbledon). With this Federer for the second consecutive grand slam could not make it to the semi final stage. But for the record, he did manage to make it to his 25th consecutive grand slam quarter final appearance. Although one can say that he should not have evn made it to the second round of Wimbledon this year.

On the other hand Nadal did not look a favourite to win Wimbledon before the start of the tournament even though he was coming on a high with a French Open victory and also regaining the world No. 1 spot (in fact no one was looking as a clear winner except maybe Federer but just because of the fact that he has won this six times before). His run in the tournament has not been great except for the last two matches where he defeated Soderling and Murray (top seeds and top contenders for the title) in four and straight sets respectively. I guess he is peaking at the right time. Now he faces Berdyech to win his 2nd Wimbledon and 8th Grand Slam title. Though again as earlier I had written, it has only been once (that to just last month) that the player who defeated Federer in the grand slam tournament has not gone onto become the eventual winner of the grand slam. I hope that nadal can do this again and win the title, though he will have to show some great skills to counter the big serves of Berdych which in a way just swallowed up Federer and Djokovic.

Also surprisingly for the first time, I was hoping to see a Nadal – Djokovic final (after Federer was out), and even more surprisingly was hoping Djokovic to win. This was because it would have dropped Federer out of the top 2 rankings in the ATP for the first time in the last 4-5 years. But now with Djokovic losing in the semis, I hope that Nadal wins the title and increases the difference of the points to an extent that would make it difficult for Federer to catch up with in this year. Although if my calculations are correct I think even after losing in the semi finals Djokovic has managed to move to the second rank, pushing Federer out of the top two, though just by a very small margin (which can easily be eclipsed back again). But I will still wait for tomorrow morning to confirm the standings.

Meanwhile in the tournament, in the women’s section Venus Williams too was ousted very early (again not expected by many). Though not very surprisingly, it was Serena Williams who eventually won the tournament yesterday. Again as a shocker the William sisters could not make it to the semi final stage of the women’s double section as well.

Also as a personal interest I am very happy that Leander Paes has made it to the finals of the mixed doubles. I hope he wins the title, especially after his early exit in the men’s doubles section.

In the end I wish best of luck to both Rafael Nadal and Leander Paes for their respective final matches. I hope they both win today.


Rafael Nadal wins the french open. He defeated Robin Soderling in straight sets 6-4, 6-2, 6-4. Finally Nadal is back, he gets a grand slam. It has been more than year that he last time won. In fact it has been the injuries that have been the cause and not the form.

He won his 7th grand slam title and his 5th French Open title. Again what was amazing in the tournament was that he did not lose a set. Something special in the final was that Nadal held his every serve, something that is not his strenght, and when that happens no one needs to guess what will be the outcome of the match. This victory broke many records and myths. First of all, I must say that Soderling played very well in the tournament till the final match, until he had to face the king of clay, Rafael Nadal. Well to his credit one can say that Soderling is the only man on planet to have ever defeated Nadal in French Open.

With this victory Nadal has improved his record to 38-1 victories in French Open (the only loss was to Soderling last year). And with five French titles he is only behind Bjorn Borg who has six. Well Soderling can remember this tournament as he could finally defeat Federer, who for the first time in six years could not make it to the semi-final stage of a grand slam. Also if I remember in the last five six years (as he has always made it to the semi-finals) either Federer has won the title or the person who has defeated him has won, Well this is the first time that Soderling who defeated Federer could not win the tilte. Now Soderling has become the runner up in two consecutive years.

Now coming to the most importatnt fact, Nadal with his victory here will become the world No.1 player when the rankings get updated in a few hours from now. It took him less than a year to get back his no.1 spot. And to add to that since he had missed the Wimbledon last year, the result in Wimbledon this time will not affect his position at all. Also if it does it will only help in increasing the gap between no.1 and no.2 position. As last year although being the defending champion he did not participate because of an injusry, so now if he does play he will only strengthen his position.

To be honest I was just hoping for this result, but I would have been happier if he would have defeated Federer in the finals. But if that would have happened he could not have taken the No.1 position in the rankings, so I am not complaining at all as this has just become a bonus gift for every Nadal fan.

Well this victory has been special because for the first time I think, Nadal was not being considered the all right favourite to win the title. Seeing his form till now got many doubts in everyones mind (in the last year he had even slipped to no.4). But his recent back to back wins on clay court last month did bring in some hope. Well this year no one was being called as the favourite since almost everyones form was questionable. So I guess when it comes to clay it has got to Rafael Nadal (well he only loses once in six years).

In the end I would again like to congratulate Nadal for his victory and also for getting the world no.1 spot again. And I wish him all the best for Wimbledon which starts in the end of the month.


Ana Ivanovic crashed out of the French Open on Thursday, suffering a heavy defeat at the hands of Alisa Kleybanova. I am very disappointed woith her performance since she had played her last tournament well, and also in the first match she won comfortably. What is even more disappointing is that the champion of this very grand slam 2008 could not make it to the third round also. She lost this game 6-3 6-0, as the second set was almost one sided. She was at least competitive in the first set and in some points showed flashes of her true ability.

She in fact had a good first game winning convincingly, and I was expecting that she will make it to the fourth round at least as she did last year. But her second round exit has really broken my heart. But I now feel that I thisnk I was expecting at too much from her this time, she is really not on the top of her game.

Ivanovic has slipped down the rankings to 42nd in the world over the past 18 months after an awful run of form. When she won in Paris, two years back she had climbed to the world number one spot. With the second roundd exit one can expect her to fall down even further in rankings.

Well with French Open gone, I can only hope that she comes back very strong later this month on the grass court in Wimbledon. Here I have put in some of her pics from the French Open 2010.


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Well in January on the day when Rafeal Nadal defeated Fernando Verdasco in the Semi-finals, I had told my friends that Federer will not win that title but he still will achieve his no 15 at Wimbledon. Now when I look back I realise that whatever I said that day was absoultely spot on. He lost at Australian Open and then went onto win the French Open and now clinched his no 15 here at Wimbledon.

Roger Federer achieved great milestones yesterday, he won his 15th Grand Slam, he appeared in consecutive 7th Wimbledon final and appeared in his 20th Grand Slam final, all of these stand as records. He has been regarded as one of the all time greatest and yes in the number of titles he has taken the first position. I read somewhere back that one thing that he could not do that the other greats did was to achieve back the no.1 spot in very less time after being dethroned. Now he has also done this, although taken the longest time (more than 40 weeks) but he achieved this feat yesterday and now is at the No.1 rank once again.

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Being a huge Federer fan one cannot ask for more than this in a single day. Although every Grand Slam victory is a memorable one and this was special as he went past Pete Sampras yesterday. Still I don’t know why I was not that very happy in his victory. I don’t know why I felt that Federer should have lost, maybe because of the tennis that Andy Roddick displayed was remarkable. In the end i was actually heart broken to see Federer win the title(I never believed that this could ever happen). I can only say that yesterday Roddick deserved to win, he did everything correct except that he could not give the finishing touches when he should have. And Tennis is a funny game as Federer just broke one serve of Roddick in the complete match and still emerged the winner. I think it was only the experience of Federer playing in the Grand Slam finals that saw him cross the winning line once again to the delight of all his fans including me.

This was very evident when after the match one could hear huge roars of the name ‘Roddick’ from the crowd which actually showed that the people there love tennis more than any individual player. They also acknowledged the way Roddick played yesterday. That I feel was a great ovation to the game Roddick played. This is got to be his best ever performance ever I guess. As we say people only remember the victories and the winners and not how one has achieved them, which might make Roddick effort fade away in some time. But one thing is sure that he looks to be playing better with age.

I think I have said a lot about Roddick now and let me come back to my favourite Federer. He played one of his best tennis towards the end and the biggest of all held his nerve to clinch the title, something which he could not do last year. He also looks to be getting back to being the Roger Federer that we all know. He will surely be looking forward to no 16 in the US open now. As he also said that he was lucky to win this and also as there was no Nadal to defend his title he could get back his no.1 spot, but i feel luck always favours the brave, last year it was Nadal and now Federer. This Slam has ended the way i wanted it to but still one question still remain in my mind that did Federer defeat Roddick yesterday or Roddick lost to Federer.The result is the same but the meaning changes with the feelings. Once again Congratulations Federer but i would also give a standing ovation to Roddick for the game he displayed yesterday.

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