FIFA World cup, Wimbledon and Life

I love sports for the way they generate thrill and emotions in everyone’s life. And I have utmost respect and admiration for players who perfect their games and I feel they are no less than the artists creating a piece of art. Sport is such a unifying medium (as is music and other forms of art but more reachable to common mob) and it was an exhilarating experience watching Americans going nuts over USA making it to second round in FIFA World Cup. I feel Americans miss out on the thrill of supporting one’s nation in an international sport event. Most of American sport expertise is bound to these club and premier league events. While USA does have a tremendous presence in Olympic sports, I hope the soccer team and Landon Donovan can ignite American’s interest in popular international sports.

And this summer is just a Godsend to all sports fans like me. I can barely contain the high adrenaline flow FIFA and Wimbledon are generating.

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Roddick’s comeback

Long time since I wrote on tennis. It has to be about the guy of the moment – Andy Roddick. It’s hard to dislike the American with his matter of fact attitude and positive energy. Once known only for his ripping serve, the guy is rising to big occasions so gracefully that its heart warming to see him win. 6 years of failure in big tournaments didn’t fill him with the kind of bitterness seen in Nole since he won Australian Open in 08 and Federer during his 2008 slump.

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Veni, Vidi, Vici

How is it possible that I do not pay my respect to the latest victory captured by the tennis God. No tears this time and I did feel sorry for Murray’s crushing loss. Hopefully, this year’s victory of Federer after a flooded loss last time will give some hope to the Scot. As Fed said, he is too talented to not win a Grand Slam.

I came. I saw. I conquered.
I came. I saw. I conquered.

And, the Australian Open was much more enjoyable for another reason – return of my favorite WTA player, Justine Henin. Although she lost in the finals, she showed sufficient evidence of the amount of armor she is carrying. If she wasn’t so intent on practicing her new serve (that turned out very erroneous and risky), she might have had a closer score to say the least. But thats the kind of stubbornness I like in her. I’ll wait till she perfects it and gives her fans a hell of a treat. This is just the beginning and the WTA matches have regained their old zing and ferociousness. 2010 seems promising already.

2009 wrap-up: A remarkable year for ATP tennis

originally published: Monday, November 30, 2009 at 12:43am

David slayed Goliath at the ATP Finals 2009, London. He looks as surprised as the rest of us.

The smallest of top 8 to qualify for ATP final showdown for 2009 pulled a well-deserved victory over the tallest Grand Slam Champion ever and ‘Man of the moment’ – Del Potro. After beating Nadal and Federer in the same event, Davydenko matched the feat achieved by Del Potro at the US Open. But I would say he went a step further and beat the Argentine himself against the odds. He played an amazing cool match where as Del Potro was visibly erratic and volatile. His usual pounding strokes were not flowing as easily and the Russian was matching his power with his swiftness. Davydenko hit a beauty of a cross court winner at just the precise angle and unbelievable pace that left me awestruck for sure.
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Del Potro, Federer into ATP Finals semis

originally published: Friday, November 27, 2009 at 12:45am

No, I didn’t wish to jinx Federer in my last blog post. He barely got his position into the semis after another close encounter with Juan Martin Del Potro. Fedex pulled off the 2nd set tiebreaker just in time but squandered the3rd set foolishly. Frankly, it seemed the same lack of concentration that transpired in US Open. However, kudos to Potro on edging the Swiss yet again but he should learn from his own misplay in the 2nd set tiebreaker. I loved his elegant cross court response to Federer’s near perfect drop shot in the final set – haven’t seen lot of players pulling that off.
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