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FedEx derailed!

It was one of the best game of tennis I have seen in the recent years. Federer chasing his 6th consecutive title, would be hugely disappointed with the tight finish but the game was all about Nadal and how he managed to be mentally stronger than the Swiss.

Nadal played at the same level throughout the match, retrieving anything that Federer sent and serving those into the body serves pretty well, but what he did the best was to unsettle Federer and make him commit mistakes. Federer had to go for that extra angle in his winners as Nadal would chase down almost anything, many points had to be won by two or three winners from Federer.

While Federer’s forehand was majestic today, the backhand really let him down at crucial stages, it was strange to see so many uncharacteristic errors from him, but then he just could not play his natural free flowing tennis against Nadal.

Throughout the match, most of Federer’s service games were a stroll in the park, they got over within a minute thanks to some great serves from the Swiss, and whenever he was in slight trouble, Federer used his big serve very effectively to put Nadal out of the game. By contrast, almost all of Nadal’s service games were tight, he did not have the big serve, but served intelligently, esp on his second serves to hold on to his serves, I think Federer had like 15 breakpoints but managed to convert just one!!

In the end it was just a matter of who would crack up first; after that marvelous fourth set tiebreak I thought the 5th set would be a very easy one for Federer, I felt Nadal would not be able to control his emotions and play normally after making a complete mess of an easy chance to win the match in that tiebreak. He had a couple of match points as well, but the way Federer fought back, it was easily the best of Federer in this match – that backhand pass he played when he was matchpoint down was out of the world.

Kudos to Nadal for not being mentally strong, especially after the fourth set and play some extraordinary shots to break Federer and then hold his nerve to finish it with his serve.

Federer would need some time to recover from this defeat, but I am sure this will only push him to take his game to the next level(if there is one!) the next time the both meet.

By the way, there was also a cricket match happening in the subcontinent and India lost another final, no surprises there!

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Expectations!

The past couple of weeks have been a bit of up and down for me in terms of meeting my expectations.

Sivaji, after so much hype lived up partially to it, Rajni was awesome, but the movie did not really inspire me..

Wimbledon final, with absolutely no expectation(I was wondering if Nadal would be able to get a set atleast, on grass) was terrific. I am a Nadal fan now, not just for his game, but for the character which he displayed throughout the match. Go Fighter!

Indian Idol, I have not followed the previous editions and was drawn to this mainly because of Amit Varma. I watched my first episode this Saturday, and I decided never to watch it again. The whole result announcement was very very dramatic and played out pretty badly by the judges and the contestants. And to show a contestant taking a complete makeover thanks to some skin clinic made me wonder if I was watching another Ekta Kapoor soap…

Now why I am afraid of all that has happened is because the mother of all expectations is coming out in a couple of weeks. I am a Harry Potter Fan to the core… if the 7th book is even half of what it promises to be, I would take it… I hope it pans out as well as the previous books. I was not very happy with the 6th book as there were very few instances where Harry and co were not outsmarted by Malfoy.. I hope all that has been reserved for the final edition.. I have not yet ordered the book, if you know of a good offer in hyderabad do let me know..

Game, Set, Match

The Wimbledon begins today. Definitely the most enjoyable tournament for me. My love started long back when I watched that epic 1990 final between Edberg and Becker. Since then it has been a wonderful ride. The whites, the royalty and everything associated with the tournament adds a flair to it. It is a grand stage that has showcased the most memorable battles in tennis.

My most favourite Wimbledon moment is Ivanisevic winning in 2001 from being a wild card entry… And I would watch Sampras play on Center Court any number of times…

This year will most definitely be Federer’s again.. he reserves his best for Wimbledon… Andy Roddick shows occasional brilliance but has never been able to decipher Federer’s magic…

If there is one sporting event I would like to watch Live, it would definitely be this. I hope that someone rises to match Federer on center court when I get my ticket…

See this collection of golden moments from the Championships and enjoy!