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Andy Murray won Wimbledon 2013, his second slam title (he won his first major at the US Open last year). With this he ended a 77 year title drought of the British Men’s tennis at the Wimbledon.

And with this title he increases the prominance of the big four of tennis. Over the past three-four years the top four (Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, and Murray) have been very prominent winning most of the big tournaments (including grand slams, masters 1000, world tour finals; infact Murray was the only one of the top four not to win a slam till September last year, and Del Potro is the only player to win a slam apart from these top four since 2005 French open). They have generally taken the 4 semifinal spots of most of the slam tournaments. However, till last Murray was the only one of the top four to not win a slam title, which changed at the US Open last year. And now this Wimbledon title should offcially shut the mouths of all the people who were doubting whether it is the top four or just the top three.

It is just amazing how these top four have dominated this era of men’s tennis. They have won 33 of the last 34 slam majors between them, a streak since 2005 Frech Open. These 33 slam titles can broken down into Federer winning 13, Nadal 12, Djokovic 6, and Murray 2

Of the last 8 Australia Open titles Djokovic has won 4, Federer 3, and Nadal 1
Of the last 9 French Open titles Nadal has won 8 and Federer 1
Of the last 9 Wimbledon titles Federer has won 5, Nadal 2, and Djokovic and Murray have won 1 each
Of the last 8 US Open titles Federer has won 4, while Nadal, Djokovic, and Murray have won 1 each (with Juan Martin Del Potro being the only other slam winner who won in 2009)

Such has been the situation of the Men’s tennis of almost the last decade. They have won the 37 slam titles between them of which they have won 36 out of the last 40 slams (with Del Potro winning the 2009 US Open, Andy Roddick winning 2003 US Open, Marat Safin won 2005 Australian Open, and Gaston Gaudio won 2004 French Open being the other four slam winners; of which Roddick, Safin, and Gaudio all won the slam before the emergence of Nadal, Djokovic, and Murray as stars on the court).

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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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Rafael Nadal (the king of clay) has won his 8th French Open title, which is a record for men’s tennis of any male player to have won a grand slam 8 times. He has gone past Pete Sampras and Roger Federer, both who have won Wimbledon 7 times each. So, what next for Nadal? Maybe cross Martina Navratilova’s record of 9 Wimbledon titles (that’s a record for maximum titles in a single grand slam, by both men and women). Then there are Sampras’s 14 grand slam titles and Federer’s 17. Well which record will he break first, Navratilova’s or Sampras’s is something to watch out for. Though I hope that he does break all of them, whichever comes first would not matter.

In the end I would like to congratulate Nadal for his achievement, and I hope he goes many more such instances for us to be happy of.

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Rafael Nadal is Back!

Posted: February 5, 2013 by Shishir Gupta in Rafael Nadal, Tennis
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Yes, finally Rafael Nadal will be back in action on the court today playing his first ATP match in more than 7 months. The last time he played was when we suffered the shock loss during the second round match in Wimbledon. Since then he missed out on many major tournaments like the Olympics, US Open last year and the Australian Open this year, which saw him drop to ATP ranking number 5 for the first time since 2005.

Though he has tried to keep his expectations from the tournament to be very small, but surely all his fans (including me) would be hoping that he starts on a winning note. Especially, since he has chosen to play on the clay courts to start with. And with a record 8th French Open title in the reckoning I believe these results would be very important. Also, he has chosen to take part in the doubles event as well in most of these tournaments as that would give him a very much needed match practice (a very good move I must say). Though all we can hope is that he plays in the manner we all have seen him play all the past years.

Here are some articles for your reference:

Original article : Rafael Nadal’s knee may bother him for a few weeks

VINA DEL MAR, Chile (AP) — They were giving the tickets away a year ago – and still had a difficult time attracting fans.

It’s a different story this year at the VTR Open, a small ATP clay-court tournament in this resort city on Chile’s Pacific coast. This is where Rafael Nadal has decided to make his comeback after sitting out for more than seven months with an injured left knee.

Nadal had never been to Chile, much less played an event here. Now he’s being treated like a native son with local newspapers digging up his connections to distant family members in the country. Chilean President Sebastian Pinera was one of the first to greet him when he arrived.

Call it the Nadal Effect.

”This country wants success and wants to be seen as successful,” said tournament press officer Rafael Walker. ”For a long time the country was like a little island, isolated from the world by the sea and mountains. So when you get a big star here – like Nadal – he’s treated like a rock star.”

The tournament is sold out starting Tuesday when Nadal opens in doubles with partner Juan Monaco. He gets a bye into the second round of singles and starts Wednesday against little-known Argentine Guido Pella or a qualifier.

”All the sponsors used to hand out tickets to clients, and they weren’t used. They will be used this time,” Walker said. ”The local television stations that used to send out their second-level talent are sending out their top people. You can see them already here posing for photos with Nadal and asking for photographs. You know, acting like kids.”

Tourism officials are hoping Nadal’s appearance boosts local business, which took a hit last month with overcast skies discouraging beachgoers during the South American summer. Visitors from neighboring Argentina have also stayed away, hurt by a devaluation of the local currency that has made travel expensive.

The seven-time French Open champion practiced for almost two hours Sunday on the main stadium court, facing fellow Spaniard Pablo Andujar with Nadal’s uncle Toni – also his coach – right behind him fetching balls.

The only hint that Nadal may be less than 100 percent was a white bandage wrapped around his left knee. Otherwise, there was plenty of pop in his high-bouncing forehands. And he showed off the same muscular physique when he changed orange shirts midway through practice.

The 26-year-old Nadal should win this event, and if he doesn’t, speculation will immediately begin about his future. He’s trying to play down his chances, telling reporters Saturday he was hoping for an ”acceptable level” as he starts the first of three clay-court events in Latin America. They’re warm-ups for a run at his 12th Grand Slam title, and an eighth at the French Open.

”This should be like the first week of Roland Garros for him,”’ said Marcelo Caro, a tennis coach who drove 100 miles from the Chilean capital Santiago to watch Nadal practice Sunday. ”In theory, he shouldn’t lose a set because the competition is not at his level – if he doesn’t get injured.”

Another injury would be a crushing blow for the Spaniard, who is ending his longest stretch away from the game.

Several hundred people watched Nadal practice, with Toni Nadal chatting with fans at courtside. At one point Nadal posed for photos with a baby on his lap, and he autographed tennis balls, copies of his book and T-shirts as he navigated the 150 feet from the court to the shelter of the locker room.

”Nadal is like an industry,” Caro said. ”He generates a lot of money.”

Nadal is reported to have received hefty appearance money to play in Chile, though tournament officials have not confirmed it. The venue is not ideal for a comeback. The tournament site – Club Las Salinas – is located within view of the ocean and is traditionally windy and often chilly.

Nadal fills a need in Chile. Its longtime top player, Fernando Gonzalez, retired last year, leaving the country without a star. Paul Capdeville is the country’s highest ranked player at No. 153, and he failed to qualify for the tournament. That leaves only two Chileans in the field – No. 577 Nicolas Massu and Christian Garin, ranked 923rd.

”For the tournament, Nadal being here is unbelievable,” said German player Dustin Brown. ”And it’s great for the players, as long as you don’t have to play Nadal.”

Jaquelina Frez and her daughter, Dalal Chahuan, drove 30 miles from the nearby town of La Calera to watch practice. They will skip the tournament, partly because of high ticket prices.

”I know the prices have gone up from other years,” Frez said.

Her 17-year-old daughter is an accomplished amateur player, and she raced to the court exit after practice to snap a photo.

”He’s a celebrity, and you want to see him if you like tennis, or don’t like tennis,” Dalal said. ”He brings attention to the area and excitement to the fans.” “

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Original article : Rafael Nadal turns small tournament into big deal

VINA DEL MAR, Chile (AP) — Rafael Nadal’s ailing left knee may still bother him for a few more weeks, his coach said Monday.

Nadal practiced for 90 minutes with Nicolas Massu of Chile on Monday, his fourth straight day of training since arriving in the country for his first match in more than seven months.

Nadal opens up Tuesday in the VTR Open, playing doubles with Argentina’s Juan Monaco. On Wednesday, he will play singles in the second round against the winner of a first-round match between Argentines Guido Pella and Federico Delbonis.

”The knee is much better, but they’ve told us he will feel some discomfort and lack of mobility until the end of the month,” said Toni Nadal, the seven-time French Open champion’s coach and uncle. ”But it’s definitely getting better.”

Nadal has avoided surgery so far, getting therapy in hopes of speeding the healing. But the slow recovery from the inflamed knee means Nadal has been trying to lower expectations as he uses three Latin American clay-court tournaments to prepare for a run at an eighth French Open title.

Nadal has practiced in Chile wearing a white bandage around his knee.

”The bandage is normal and is part of the treatment,” his coach said.

Nadal will be watched closely in doubles Tuesday, which is meant to give him extra playing time on top of his matches in singles.

His uncle has called the small Chilean tournament ”our first French Open.”

Nadal has the best clay-court record in the Open Era, winning 93 percent of his matches. Many will expect him to sweep through this event as he would in the first week of the French Open, perhaps without dropping a set. Anything less will add to speculation about his future and could add pressure.

”His game is much better than when we got here,” Toni Nadal said. ”It was better yesterday and even better today. We’re looking to the doubles as an added test.” “

In the end all I can do is wish Nadal all the best for the coming ATP tour, and hope he comes back on top on the list.


Ana Ivanovic has dropped out of the top 50 in the WTA rankings. She has now dropped to 64, which is 19 places from where she was at the start of Wimbledon.

Meanwhile Serena Williams strengthened her position at the top after her win at the Wimbledon. Jelena Jankovic gained a position to be ranked number 2 now and Caroline Wozniacki also gained one place to be at number 3 now. Venus Williams dropped two places and is at world number 4. Samantha Stosur gained one place and is at 5 while Elena Dementieva dropped one place to be at 6. Similarly Kim Clijters and Francesca Schiavone exchanged their ranks and are at 7 and 8 respectively. Vera Zvonareva finishing runners-up at Wimbledon was one of the biggest gainer, gaining 12 positions and is now at number 9. Li Na also gained 2 places and is ranked 10th now. Both Agnieszka Radwanska and Flavia Pennetta dropped out of the top ten rankings.

Other big gainers in the tournamnet were Petra Kvitova who gained 33 places and is now ranked 29 and other being Tsvetana Pironkova who gained 47 places and is ranked 35th. On the losing side were Dinara Safina who dropped 11 places and now is ranked 33rd and Svetlana Kuznetsova is now ranked 20th. Sania Mirza the highest ranked Indian is ranked at 133. 

 I hope that Ivanovic will play better tennis and get her way back to the top once again.


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.


Leander Paes wins the Wimbledon 2010 Mixed Doubles along with Cara Black. This is his 12th Grand Slam Doubles title, and his 6th Mixed Doubles Slam title. He has won four times at Wimbledon now, of which this is his third in the Mixed Doubles. This is his third title partnering Cara Black. Although they have made it to the finals of a Grand Slam on five occasions.

The second seeded Paes and Black defeated the eleventh seeded Moodie and Raymond in straight sets 6-4, 7-6. The tournament for this Indo-Zimbabwean pair has been very good, except for the start, when almost in every match they managed to get broken in their very first service game, though almost every time that happened they managed to surprisingly win the set.

Leander Paes has enjoyed a lot of success with Mahesh Bhupati in the Men’s Double section and recently he has been doing very well with his present partner Lukas Dhouhly. In the mixed doubles, he has had a lot of success with Martina Navratilova (definitely one of the legends in tennis) and these days he is playing exceptionally well along with Cara Black.

Cara Black is a very good net player and is Paes, so they support each other’s game very well. In the final also Black played some exceptional tennis, as she did in the earlier rounds as well especially in the Quarter Finals.

In the end I congratulate both Leander Paes and Cara Black for this Wimbledon victory. Also in my earlier posts I had written that I would like both Rafael Nadal and Leader Paes to win today. And it has happened and I feel like I am on cloud 9.


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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.


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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.


John Isner

Finally after 11 hours and 5 minutes of battle on the court Isner defeated Mahut in the first round of the Wimbledon 2010 championships. The match consisted of 183 games, this was by far the longest match in the terms of the number of games played as well as the duration of the match. This match was completed in the space of 3 days. In fact the fifth set alone lasted for 8 hours and 11 minutes. The final score read 6-4, 3-6, 6-7(7), 7-6(3), 70-68.

Previously the record of number of Aces in a single match was 78. In this match both Isner and Mahut crossed this mark. Isner hit a world record of 112 aces while, Mahut was not much behind with 103 aces. This match is definitely the greatest match ever in the history of Tennis. None of the two players gave up, and as there is a saying they fought like tigers till the last drop of blood. In this case till the last amount of stamina.

Unfortunately the game is played in such a way, that only one can win and go ahead, but definitely we can say that none of them can be called a loser. But the irony of the game is such that Isner had to win and after a long battle Mahut lost. But at the end definitely tennis emerged as the winner.

People who watched this match will remember it all their life. And with this both these players have entered the record books, a place where it will be difficult for pair to break the record.

In the end I congratulate both the players for the amazing feat. But I really have a question, this was the first round of the tournament, Isner has won the match but now does he really have the strength left to go till the end?

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Ana Ivanovic crashed out of the Wimbledon yesterday, suffering a heavy defeat at the hands of Shahar Peer. I am very disappointed with her performance since I was expecting a little more from her. A first round exit is something one does expect from a grand slam winner. One can say that she got a very tough draw, as she had to face the world no. 13 in her very first round. But then she had to win to redeem her lost pride. She lost this game 6-3 6-4. She was not at all that confident on court, one can say nowhere near even half the form she was two years back.

After her second round exit in the French Open earlier this month I was not expecting much from her anyways, and then on top of that she was given a hard draw. So I will not really say that I am heartbroken this time again. But I now feel that I think 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 45th rank in WTA rankings before the start of the tournament. When she won in Paris, two years back she had climbed to the world number one spot. With the first round exit one can expect her to fall down even further in rankings, maybe even out of the top 50.

Well with Wimbledon gone, I can only hope that she comes back very strong later this year on the hard court in US Open. She did reach the finals of the Australian Open (hard court) in 2008, so one can expect some showing from her, something that could redeem her awful show so far this year.


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.


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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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