Sporting Views

On Tennis
Federer wins yet again, but just. Nadal made Federer scamper to all parts of the court, stretched him to five sets, was on the verge of breaks twice in the fifth set and yet had to be the loser. I felt Nadal was the better player on Sunday, but lady-luck had saddled with Federer. Federer is arguably the best player tennis has ever seen (I wish to have seen a proper Sampras-Federer match when both were in their prime… Alas!), and is no doubt the most elegant player in tennis; yet Nadal made him look inelegant. Federer’s strokes did not have the fluidity that is always associated with him. Rarely have I seen Federer shouting after winning a point, yesterday there were many such points. Anyways Federer wins Wimbledon for the fifth time; at least this time it was not a boring one-sided match πŸ™‚ And where are the serve-and-volley guys? Sampras, Ivanisevic, Pat Rafter were brilliant at serve and volley, now all I see is the baseline game and very few forays to the net.

On Cricket
It is good that Sachin, Dravid, and Ganguly opted out of the 20-20. 20-20 is not cricket; it is just a slog fest, with the bowlers reduced to the role of bowling machines. With the induction of free-hit in ODIs too, cricket is getting increasingly biased towards batsmen; although ICC has done one good thing and standardized the ground sizes to a minimum to ensure we do not have the “best-ever ODI” (who in the hell termed that match as the best-ever!?) again. Looking forward to great cricket, and by that I mean India-England Test matches.

On F1
Recently I was having a conversation with a friend who has stopped following F1. He was asking me about who are the leaders, any good rookies etc etc. I filled him in about Hamilton – a rookie with podium finishes in all his races till now. Visibly impressed, he predicts that Hamilton is on way to become the Federer of F1, and I have to agree. Hamilton has just had one bad race (yesterday at British Grand Prix) and still managed a podium finish comfortably. Raikonnen seems to be waking from the stupor he was in, and Alonso is not doing anything special. I feel Alonso is not getting as competitive as he used to be when he was up against Schumacher. But for me this season the most enjoyable driver has been Robert Kubica – he has fended off so many challenges from Ferraris and McLarens and more often then not he has come out trumps. I feel he may replace Massa at Ferrari in few seasons, lets see how the time unfolds future πŸ™‚

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5 Responses to “Sporting Views”


  1. 1 skp July 9, 2007 at 4:08 pm

    Nice post !!

    @Tennis : Hmm I wud say for first 4 sets luck was shying away from Federer + Nadal was looking really good but the sweet part is when Federer’s game was on low he just turned to his aces πŸ˜› 23-1 :O
    Beautiful come backs in the last set from 15-40 and not to forget the one i liked most was in 2nd set infact, 15-40 and coming back with 3 awesome aces…. in all Nadal was better but then Federer is God …

    @Cricket : A concern of past !

    @F1 : “I feel Alonso is not getting as competitive as he used to be when he was up against Schumacher.” I feel the same

  2. 2 Sankalp July 9, 2007 at 6:55 pm

    Tennis: As far as I can recall, there were just couple of points yesterday when Fed shouted. Once when he broke Nadal in the final set, and the one where a pretty obvious outside was called in after consulting hawk-eye. But yes, he was visibly unsettled by Nadal’s play. In my opinion, this was the most excting wimbledon final in many years. Also, I don’t think it was luck that got him the title, though he was modest enought to say so at the presentation ceremony. He just came out on top in a hard-fought battle.

    Cricket: meh

    F1: I just want to Raikkonen to win this year’s title. He was the unluckiest chap on the circuit last year, with numerous engine fails and accidents. Hope this is the beginning of a major winning streak.

  3. 3 Karan July 9, 2007 at 11:34 pm

    I agree with Sankalp. Me is all for Raikonnen.. Here’ wishing him all the best. Nice bit abt Kubica, the other day it was fascinating 2 c him holding off Alonso’s challenege!
    As for tennis, I’am glad that Federer won it. But mussay that Nadal had a much better chance in this finals than Federer @ Roland Garros. Nadal’s improved big time

  4. 4 Sreejith July 10, 2007 at 1:54 am

    FedX was good but Nadal will get him soon. Age is on his side. But even lopsided matches can be good…i remember Sampras destroying Agassi at the Wimbledon final in 99 and yet his genius was stunningly entertaining!
    And yay!! Ferrari are back! If only Massa had kept his bloody fingers off the ignition they could have had a 1-2 again 😦

  5. 5 Kunal July 10, 2007 at 10:03 am

    skp, thanks πŸ™‚ and you are so right about the serves. Nadal has a better second serve (the one which kicks), but Federer turns on the aces at will. It does make a major difference…

    sankalp, this was the best Wimbledon final that featured Federer πŸ™‚ Sampras had some classics against Aggasi and Ivanisevic in the last decade…
    Kimi was very unlucky last year, but I don’t know why he has just started winning this year. He is one of the best on the circuit!

    Karan, in the French open final I felt Federer gave in after some time. He was not even trying to reach for the ball, he just kept waiting for Nadal to make a mistake instead of unleashing his own strokes.

    Sreejith, I feel next year Nadal would derail FedX πŸ™‚
    And the best thing about this year’s F1 has been that any of the top four can win any race. It is much more competitive then last two years …


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