Jul 4, 2005

Magnificent Federer

Yesterday night I watched Roger Federer virtually destroying Andy Roddick in Wimbledon men's singles final. Calm,composed,brilliant ... The Swiss master was at his best. I've been seeing the Grand Slam matches from the 90's .. I've watched great players like Edberg,Becker,Lendl,Courier,Sampras etc... But I dont really think any of those will come near this man... Federer has got perhaps the best alround skills. A good serve, great passing shots, winners, anticipation, great net play, good baseline play.... And above all,I hav'nt seen him losing his composure in play... Winning or losing, he's bound to have that cool and emotionless face on court...I can't help admiring this man...I was a bit surprised when he gave into tears after the victory. Maybe , he has elements of emotion in him..Or maybe, great victories or achievements can unnerve the greatest.. His domination over the other top ranked players on grass has been supreme.. Beating World No:2 and 3 in consecutive matches , and that too in straight sets is no mean achievement. The 6-2, 7-6, 6-4 scoreline against Roddick is the testimony of his greatness.There have been some instances in the recent past when he was conquered. Nadal on clay court overwhelmed him. A determined Marat Safin did it at Australian Open..But overall, the quality of tennis coming from Federer is too good..This man will surely finish off in the pantheon of tennis greats...