Sunday, July 08, 2007
Hail, Emperor Federer
This is the best Roger final for me. The opponent was giving more than 100 percent and Federer was not close to his personal best, but still won. I can now, with some definite authority say Federer is miles ahead of Nadal on any surface other than clay. And in my age, after Sampras, Roger is up there. Though in terms of stats, Fedex leads Pistol Pete, Pistol Pete nudges ahead, just because of the high quality of competition that he had while, nowadays, Fedex matches are more of how badly the opponent gets kick-a**ed (again not on clay). And Sampras is closer to the heart for his equanimity - Pistol rarely celebrated a point and after a win was the most composed person (this changed only in one final - his final final in US Open where he came from nowhere to win the tournament).
But lets savor the moment - Hail Emporeror Federer. Till he loses his touch, Federer will always qualify for this at Wimbledon - Veni, vidi, vici.