January 31, 2010

Fedex overcomes Brit's Grit

January 31, 2010 Posted by Vijay No comments
I have run out of adjectives to describe Federer's awesome tennis plays and feats. He continues to dominate the men's tennis circuit and today won his fourth Australian Open title against Andy Murray. In straight sets, he doused the hopes of millions of English fans who were hoping to watch Andy Murray erase decades of Grand Slam titles in Tennis. Alas, an in form Federer and a rather subdued Murray was never going to enough to surmount and win against the greatest ever tennis player.

One shudders to think what Federer can achieve with three more years of healthy professional tennis. He is just 28, and not done yet. He will want to ensure that his twin daughters have an entire lifetime to spend, watching other aspiring tennis players trying to emulate Federer's awesome feats. Even that long a lifetime may not be enough, for Federer now has 16 Grand Slam titles to his name now, and probably can end with 20 if not more before he does eventually feel he has proved he is the greatest and none can surpass him for decades to come

Murray was slow to start in the match, and one which was reminiscent of the U.S Open final in 2008 when the same two finalists appeared for a similar result in favour of Federer. Murray was brilliant in patches, running around the court, displaying a Nadal like athleticism and finesse and fitness which he has built on over a year. He lost the match 6-3,6-4,7-6 in under 2 hours. Murray had himself to fault, for he could not afford to be not at his best for the finals. He had his chances and was up 5-3 in the 3rd set, serving for the set. The Swiss master hung in, and fought off the Brit's resistance before wrapping up the Championship winning the third set tie breaker.

At the crowning ceremony, Andy Murray shed tears which probably showed his love and affection for his supporters from Scotland and Britain, as much as his pain at losing another title which he could well have been his. Federer's tears from last year's Australian Open final would well have been wiped off, but left them for Murray to shed. Hopefully for Murray, he would win it next year.

Federer has sent ominous warning signals to the up and coming brigade of tennis players. His sublime plays and immense talent can never be matched, but one needs to learn his incredible sense of focus, fitness and mental toughness Fedex possesses. 16 Grand Slam titles out of 22 Slam Final appearances, and Federer is also the epitome of a passionate sportsman, who continues to be humble with his on court behaviour. Andy Murray was given a consolatory remark from Federer, saying he is too good a player to not be a Grand Slam champion. The greatest ever does know what he is talking about.