Monday, July 6, 2009

Fed Ex stands at the pinnacle of tennis

By: Subhadeep Bhattacharjee

William Shakespare had one said “All the world's a stage” and on Sunday it seemed the Wimbledon Men's Finals was scripted. Andy Roddick was standing between Roger Federer and record breaking 15th Grand Slam. It seemed straight out of the climax of a movie which ended with Roger Federer's victory. The Swedish is now the most successful player in the history of tennis having surpassed legendary Pete Sampras with whom he was tied on 14.

With Rafael Nadal out of the tournament with an injury many felt it was a cakewalk for Federer. But thousands of people who witnessed the Wimbledon Men's singles final on Sunday at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club will swear not having seen anything like this before. Millions watching the Roger Federer versus Andy Roddick were glued to their television sets for more than 4 hours. The match seemed to have no end with two gladiators firing in aces one after the other. The match reminded the 2008 final between Federer and Rafael Nadal.

The match which lasted for four hours and sixteen minutes saw Federer defeat Roddick 5-7, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5), 3-6, 16-14 in a mammoth match. It was an awesome display of skills and strength from the two men. In the end Federer emerged as the winner but Roddick surely went down with pride and honour. The audience which included the legends of tennis like Pete Sampras, Rod Laver and Bjorn Borg stood up not only applauding the winner but for a valiant loser as well.

The victory also meant that Federer moved back no the No 1 ranking which has been held by Nadal since August 2008. Now that the Swedish has broken the French Open jinx and is the most successful man in the history of tennis he can set new records at the Tennis circuit which will take years to break. It took a big heart for a Roger Federer to surpass Pete Sampras and it will take even bigger heart for someone surpass Fex Ex.


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