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Federer bites the dust…

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I sat down to watch the final of the french open with great expectations and fervent prayers that Federer should overcome the jinx that has been plaguing him so long and trounce Rafael Nadal to capture his first french open crown and also to put him on track for the grad slam, a feat which very few have achieved in history.

The match began well and the first set was Federer's with him being more in control and Nadal doing more than his fair share of unforced errors. but after that Nadal found his game, and unfortunately Federer lost his. That very sleek and elegant backhand that generally whips across the net and finds the very extreme corners of the court started flying into the stands, the serve started double faulting and even the forehand could not find its mark very often. As the match progressed it seemed that clay lent itself more to the waiting game, with stamina, accuracy and consistency being the more desirable attributes than speed and power. Federer seemed to lack the patience and Nadal, playing on exactly the necessary attributes, finally romped home in four sets.

Federer is one of my favourite players, right there among the likes of Sampras, Agassi, Edberg and the other greats who have graced the circuit during the time I could watch and appreciate the game. Watching him play when he is in form is like watching a ballet dancer rather than a tennis player, his movements smooth, effortless, but still extremely lethal. Today however, Nadal was the better of the two and he rightfully deserved his win. but i will be back in federer's camp at the next french open, hoping that he breaks the jinx then…

Written by clueso

June 12, 2006 at 6:56 pm

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