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.
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.
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.
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. Continue reading 2009 wrap-up: A remarkable year for ATP tennis
Originally published: Tuesday, November 24, 2009 at 10:03pm
Bring it on
It has been a phenomenal year for tennis and I am glad to be catching upon the year end ATP finals. I had missed first two days of action but amidst the thanksgiving slacking, imminent India trip, dull winter and sudden lack of ‘to-dos’, I happened to hook on to Federer Vs Murray. Now that clash is always bound to make me just stop and watch given that I love the tactical and artful play between No. 1 and 4 but there was more to it. After slumping bad and oft to Andy in the Masters titles, Federer’s been disgruntled against the Scot this year (okay, lets forget the Slams for a moment). But since retuning his rhythm in Cincinnati, Fedex has been displaying his Slam magic in ATP series as well. And I wanted him to beat the heck out of everyone in this final ATP series for 2009. I reached home in time to catch up on 2nd set and I couldn’t have timed it better. Seeing His Highness in rhythm again has sort of triggered my holiday mood already. With this win, Roger Federer also secured his year end No. 1 position and I am sure it has broken some record in some book that I am too lazy to look up right now. But there’s a significant record to be made on hand – winning the year end championships for record 5 or 6 times that is currently held by Sampras and (Bjorg?) – Federer is either one short of breaking or tying it (I have pledged no Wikipedia today).
Another epic Wimbledon comes to a completion with an eagerly awaited result but my heart goes out to Andy Roddick for the class he showed, the match he played and the grace with which he accepted defeat.