For the love of the game

A few moments define history and any tennis fan will tell you that the Wimbledon final of last night will go down in tennis history.
I am still getting over it all. The excitement, the pulsating energy and finally the disappointment. Being a fan of the Fed-man myself I think I speak for Fed fans world over when I say – ‘what a game’ and ‘Darn you Rafa’! But to give the devil its due Rafael Nadal has done the unthinkable and what some deemed, the impossible.
Newspapers, sports channels and journalists world over have waxed hoarse about the game and so it will suffice to say that the quality of tennis was second to none. No one feels that it is time to start writing Federer off. Or maybe they feel it but don’t want to say it. It is reminiscent of the time Sampras lost to Hewitt. These turn-overs are ‘normal’ and ‘expected’. But Federer has never been normal and has always surprised us with the unexpected.
To me last night’s game was a test of experience against age. But the loss hasn’t sunk in and I will leave with the same words I told my friend’s father at the Aussie Open this year
‘You all came to watch the tennis, I came to watch Federer’.

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