The King Grabs Another Title
Roger Federer, king of the tennis court won his 8th Wimbledon title and 19th major by beating Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 in the finals. His second trophy of the year. He won Australian Open, his 18th Grand slam title by defeating Rafael Nadal in the finals.
It’s been a while since he lifted the trophy, almost 5 years.
His name is on the trophy again. The feeling is back. This is his Kingdom, his domain and he knows it like the back of his hand. He commands it just like he commands the audience with every serve, every shot. A maestro composing a symphony. He holds everyone’s attention like the master player he is, following his every move, his calculated run chasing the yellow ball on the court.
With Federer, the maestro out to command the game, to dominate, the other guy can only do so much. He can try but it is Federer’s game, his win. The other guy is supposed to give the best game of his life, give the audience someone to root for but they are already rooting for Federer. Who doesn’t like an underdog winning? Sports fan have a thing for underdogs who make it big against all odds but not with Federer. Never with Federer. Cilic crushed Federer and won the US Open in 2014 and this was payback time.
He may not be No 1 right now but he is Federer, the tennis player, the legend, the king, all time best whatever you’d like to call him. He is handsome, he is the best at what he does, he is classy in his blazers and cardigans, and he has an enthusiastic audience rooting for him. It is an exquisite sight to see him play on court. His purity of art. He doesn’t play to win. He plays to show how the game should be played. He plays to lead always staying one step ahead.
If you are not convinced he is the best. Watch his matches, the audience ohh’s and ahh’s with every shot. His single handed backhand will make your heart skip a beat. His footwork will have you fawning over him. Measured and balanced that’ how it’s done.
He was World number 1 from 2004 to 2007, his glory days when he won 42 ATP titles, 11 of them at Grand Slams. 2008 was not a good year for him when unthinkable happened Nadal beat Federer at Wimbledon to be number 1. Federer’s glory days were believed to have ended. His yearly average of winning ATP titles didn’t reach double figures anymore.
But the undisputed king has returned. At the age of 35 suffering from various injuries he has won not 1 but 2 titles so far. A new chapter in his glorious career with his wins making his legacy much more shinier and ever lasting.
He is extra ordinary.
He is the champion.
He is the king
He is Federer.
1st pic – Roger Federer poses for photographers with the trophy after his win. Sahun Botterill/Getty Images
2nd pic- Marin Cilic prepares to serve. Adrian Dennis/ AFP
3rd pic – Roger Federer. Adrian Dennis/AFP
*I don’t own any of the images. Taken from The Guardian.