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Federer vs Nadal XXII

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I watched The Barclays ATP tour finals on Sunday with immense relish. As an ardent Federer fan, I cannot remember being so desperate for him to win. Normally unruffled and calm, this sunday there was ample fist pumping and “come on!”s as I sat on the sofa with my feet on the table.

Seriously though, I am extremely happy about Fed’s win. Arguably Nadal wasn’t at his best (for whatever reason) and maybe the surface did not favour Nadal’s usual technique of targeting his opponent’s one handed backhand. What was happening though, was that Fed was pushing more to grab control of the rallies and seizing his opportunities. The frustrating trend of holding serve till the tie break and then trying to edge it seemed forgotten as he charged the net, flirted with the lines and more than once unleashed those sublime ground strokes that leave you staring that the TV with your jaw on the floor.

This was not a grand slam, it was not even a best of five sets match, so the ATP tour finals can hardly be said to portend the future. After his abysmal (by his standards) season, a good victory over Nadal can only do wonders for Fed’s confidence and hopefully spur him on to go about his grand slam quest with renewed vigour.

I also hope we have some new faces in the 2011 grand slams. I will root for Murray and Djokovic to add some title(s) to their career haul. There is something massively wrong if the total number of grand slam titles held by the world’s top 10 is 27, with 25 held by the top 2.

Heres hoping for a good 2011 season. We should have a repeat of the 2008 Australian open,  a more interesting version of 2008 French open, 2007 Wimbledon and Murray conquering Flushing meadows. That will be a good year! 🙂

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Written by clueso

November 30, 2010 at 11:35 pm

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