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  • Narendra 10:35 pm on June 29, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, , , , Tennis   

    Decline of Roger Federer 

    I’m a rafael Nadal fan. However, the steady decline of Tennis legend, Roger Federer is irking me. The manner in which he lost today’s QF match against Tsonga ( 6-3, 7-6, 4-6, 4-6, 4-6 ) has suddenly made him appear a lesser mortal. I have never seen Federer loose a game from such a position of strength, I still can’t believe that he actually lost that match. I’m not an expert of Tennis however, I can clearly see his game has taken a beating, during his peak between 2004-08federer his down the ground shots were like magic, they used to sizzle past the baseline. Now all that is gone, his backhand seems to have weakened and ball keeps flying away. Such a pity.

    Federer’s match-up against Nadal has always been lopsided so, when Rafa bamboozled Roger during the French Open, 2008 ( 6-1, 6-0, 6-3 ) final, the first signs of Roger’s decline surfaced but, the very next year Roger lifted his game. However, this time around the scene looks lot different, emergence of players like Djokovic , Murray and few others have hugely dented his chances of winning a Grand slam in future. It’s sad to see the decline of Roger but, all’s not over yet he’s a fighter and a Champion, I strongly believe he will surprise us before sun sets on him. It won’t be easy, at 30 all would agree that only few years of ¬†top class Tennis is left in him but we would love to see him win few more slams. cheers to Roger.

     
    • Sheryll 11:31 pm on June 29, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      well said, Narendra! It was disappointing to watch but like you said, he will surprise us with another grand slam. It will happen, and if it doesnt, he does have 16 grand slam wins to boast about. I am, and will always be a fan of the great Roger Federer!

    • Marija sKeri 11:39 pm on June 29, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      mmm no matter was he so good or not, or to be honest or not, my cheers will never go to Federer. I don’t find him good as a player and good as a person. Nadal, Djokovic, Baghdatis, even Tsonga are guys with something special! They have positive charisma and they should be on top

      • Sheryll 11:56 pm on June 29, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        I would question his game today against Tsonga, but never his character as you say you don’t find him a good person. He has a charity, which helps children in Africa, for example. He raises money for his charity. It’s hard to judge a person’s character by just watching them on TV. He is that good to have captured the number 1 title for so long.
        I am not a fan of Djokovic but I would never trash-talk him in anyway.

    • Marija sKeri 4:30 pm on June 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I didn’t trash-talk him, I said impression I have about him. I understand that you are fun of Roger but don’t exaggerate. They are all having charities or are involved in one or another way. I am not even fun of Djokovic, as his character doesn’t suit me as well. He was good in tennis once (and I didn’t like him then too) and he is not any more. Now there are better players I find more charismatic and more interesting to follow.

    • Narendra 4:44 pm on June 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      @Sheryl & Marija : Peace ūüôā

    • Single Malt Monkey 10:30 pm on June 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Tsonga played well. I think big Rog will quit when he wins one more….at the top… and he doesn’t need the stress.

  • Narendra 1:31 pm on January 29, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Australian Open, Grand Slams, icon, , , , Tennis   

    Rafa and Roger – True Icons 

    This will be only the 1st grand slam ¬†final in last 6 years which wouldn’t feature either Rafa or Roger, the last time this happened was way back in 2005, again it was the Australian open. It¬†just goes to show the might of these men at top level tennis. Before you think this is going to be yet another post on Roger Vs Rafa story. No, this is a Roger & Rafa story.

    We have already¬†read and seen a lot of their tennis and on-field¬†achievements however, what goes relatively unnoticed are their off-filed activities especially Rafa-Roger bonding. It’s rare..hmmm…¬†in fact¬†I have never heard about any¬†2 top players ( rivals ) offer lift on their charter planes or take them for a drive in their home town or have friendly laughter or joke around. Every time I watch their joint interview or even solo I’m amazed at their humility. It doesn’t look fake or something which is made up for the media. that would simply never last this long. They both come out as great¬†ambassadors not just for the game but also their nation and more importantly youth power. Their bonding and contribution to society reminds me of the story of ¬†legendary¬†athlete¬†Jesse¬†Owens and Luz long. Different times,¬†different¬†world yet the heart remains same. A triumph of humanity over silverware.

    Rafa & Roger have continuously participated in social¬†activities¬†ever since they reached the top. You can see it in their vibrant faces, they clearly believe in giving something back to the people ( especially the less fortunate ones ). When Roger was asked how hard is to convince to Rafa to do a charity game. Roger said ” A simple phone call will do, he doesn’t need any coaxing, all I do is tell him about the event and he agrees immediately”. Here is a funny promo video shoot they did for a recent Charity game.

     

    These two gentlemen are true greats not just for the number for slams they won but for the millions of hearts they conquered and their serious contribution towards social betterment. Great players, great men, great icons. A big thumbs up to our beloved Rafa & Roger.

     

     
    • Ken 9:35 pm on January 29, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Grt video.. thanks for sharing..
      i was other day talkin to colleague abt what Indian sportmen do? Specially super rich willowers….
      nonetheless.. long live their friendship and many more grt games …

      • Narendra 10:12 pm on January 29, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for dropping by Ken..
        Really amazed by these 2 men..amazing

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