Monday, 7 July 2008

So Near Yet So Far...


Have you ever watch Wimbledon once???? I think you should..... I mean not all the games.. just watch the final.. better still the mens single final....being new in tennis I am just like a baby trying to talk for the first time umm. But I still think that I need to have a say in this year Wimbledon Mens Single Final.... This year final was an epic battle (that what they said in the news and in the TV while I was watching it live in the comfort of Mdm. Fazlina's home hehhehehhheheheh). Yes indeed it was... I am glad that I have the opportunity to be a part of it (walaupun hanya menonton dari kaca televisyen...still.. =) ).. This year mens single final is all about Rafael Nadal who did a superb job in defeating 5 times Wimbledon champion and World NO. 1 seed.... Roger Federer.


Boy...what I have to say about this match.. Nadal is world No. 2, while Federer is world No. 1... so you would expect a world class game.. and both of them really delivered it to us... Nadal at the beginning of the match have already showed his determination to redeem himself for losing to Federer in 2007, 2006 and 2005 (for Wimbledon in the Grand Slam). His grunting, yelling and the serious look on his face during the match showed everything... But nothing can beat Federer fighting will. He was, at the beginning, seems to succumbed to Nadal's determination but thanks to the rain (the match was postponed twice) he managed to take himself back up and did a superb fight to bring Nadal to the fifth set... But at the end the best man wins... and the best man of the day was RAFAEL NADAL a 22 years old Spaniard.

Every serves and strokes that both players did was full of power indeed... Those who watched in the stadium did proud of their money (I bet all the spectators did pay lots of pounds to be in the Center Court in Wimbledon) but I myself feel that watching it on the telly was good enough...

Down here is an article that I took from the net...


Bjorn Borg must be tiring of this. Last summer, the Swede watched from the front row of Centre Court's royal box as Roger Federer matched his modern record of five successive Wimbledon titles with a five-set victory over Rafael Nadal. A year on, Borg was once again on hand to witness the same combatants slug out another epic encounter. The result was different, but for the former champion the outcome was the same as the two best players on the planet rewrote tennis history once again.

With his 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (3-7), 6-7 (8-10), 9-7 victory in what must surely rank as one of the most dramatic and compelling finals of all time, Nadal became the first man since Borg to win both Wimbledon and the French Open in the same year, a landmark that has stood since 1980. Yet that barely tells the story of an extraordinary, rain-interrupted match that saw Federer, the defending champion, relinquish his grip on the Challenge Cup only after a titanic struggle that stretched over four hours and 48 minutes.

An hour and a half into what would prove to be the longest men's final in history, Federer was all but down and out, trailing by two sets despite having at one stage led 4-1 in the second. But the defending champion rallied magnificently following a third-set rain delay, clawing his way back into the match before saving two championship points in a fourth-set tiebreak that rekindled memories of the genre-defining Borg-McEnroe shoot-out of 1980.

It set the scene for an unforgettable denouement in which the two players matched each other shot for shot until, finally - with the gloaming descending, and after a second rain delay - Nadal broke to go 8-7 ahead. At 40-30, the 22-year-old Spaniard held a third championship point, but could only watch in dismay as Federer conjured one final gesture of defiance in the form of an imperious cross-court backhand return. Undaunted, however, Nadal delivered a stinging serve to reach match point for a fourth time, and this time there was to be no reprieve for Federer, Nadal falling to the dew-laden turf as the realisation dawned that he was the new champion.

"It's impossible to explain what I felt in that moment," said Nadal, who made a tearful ascent to the VIP box to celebrate with his family before making his way over to the royal box where he was congratulated by members of the Spanish royal family. "I'm very, very happy. It is a dream to play on this court, my favourite tournament, but I never imagined this."

Nadal also spared a thought for Federer, whose defeat brought to an end a 65-match winning streak on grass. "I must congratulate Roger," he added. "He's still the No1, he's still the best, and he's won five times here. But now I have one, and that's very important to me."

Appropriately, the tenor of a match laden with historical import – victory for Federer would have seen him equal William Renshaw's record of six consecutive titles – was reminiscent, in the first threes sets at least, of the 1981 final. Like Borg, who had the same landmark in his sights when he faced John McEnroe that year, Federer found his best form elusive, repeatedly squandering break points and amassing a host of unforced errors.

"I tried everything," said Federer. "But Rafa's a deserving champion, he's the worst opponent on the best court. It's a pity I couldn't win it, but I'll be back next year."


Taken from : http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2008/jul/06/wimbledon.tennis9

1 comment:

Adlina said...

Suhaimi... Memandangkan aku ni peminat setia Federer, skang ni tgh sedey giler sebab Nadal menang... Aduss.... Huhu... Suke your recipe posts~ Jgn marah kalo link ye?
:)