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 🙂 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.
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.
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 🙂