27 Jan 2019, 10:46 IST
I nonetheless keep in mind the primary time I noticed you play, and it’s nonetheless very vivid in my thoughts. It was the ultimate of the Wimbledon Championships within the 12 months 2008, and also you had been taking in your nice rival Rafael Nadal.
I used to be only a 10-year-old boy at the moment, and as we noticed you coming onto the court docket on tv, I keep in mind one in every of my kinfolk telling me “ He’s Roger Federer, and he’s the best tennis participant ever.”
On that day, Rafa obtained the higher of you within the first two units in your favourite surface- grass, and I used to be starting to ponder what you can do from there.
However then, within the subsequent two units, you bewitched me with the way in which you performed that magical drop shot, that ethereal single-handed backhand Ah!, and also you leveled the match.
Within the fifth set, I noticed each of you play the most effective tennis that I’ve ever witnessed until as we speak, however in the long run, Nadal prevailed over you in that traditional. Although Rafa received on that day, you had captured my coronary heart.
After which, that 2009 Australian Open last, when Rafa beat you once more, and also you had tears in your eyes. You had even exclaimed “God! It is killing me!”. I understood on that day how a lot you really liked the sport.
Then, that epic last towards Roddick within the 2009 Wimbledon Championships the place each of you rallied on and on till lastly, you received the fifth set 16-14, and your sixth Wimbledon crown.
After which, got here the ultimate of the 2012 Wimbledon, once you beat the Andy Murray and received a record-equaling seventh Wimbledon title, and returned to the World No.1 spot. I may sense the ecstasy you had been in.
Nothing may make you happier than an excellent recreation of Tennis.
After which, these 4 years between 2013 and 2016, once you didn’t win a single Grand Slam. It was a interval once you confirmed that you just too had been mortal. It was additionally the interval when Novak Djokovic was enjoying his greatest tennis ever.
It might need been extraordinarily irritating for you, however you by no means gave up.
It was at the moment that I had began to doubt your prowess and questioned whether or not you had one other Grand Slam title left in you.
After which, the 2017 Australian Open last. You had been 35 by then, and also you and Rafa had been enjoying one another in a Grand Slam last after six years.
And the way in which you performed on that day, Oh My God! Particularly the way in which you rallied again after being 1-Three down within the fifth set, and that too, towards Rafa, and received your 18th Grand Slam title was out of the world.
I may see tears streaming down your cheeks, I may see the enjoyment in your face once you punched the air in unbridled pleasure.
After which, after all, that demolition of Cilic within the 2017 Wimbledon last, and once more, once you beat him the 2018 Australian Open last to take your Grand Slam tally to 20.
However then, the final three Grand Slams have proven that age is lastly catching up with you.
I want to digress a bit right here Roger, and discuss one other man who likes you had captivated me for over a decade-Sachin Tendulkar.
It was the 16th of November 2013, the final day in Tendulkar’ profession.
And, on that day within the afternoon, Tendulkar had the microphone in his hand and started his farewell speech. “All my pals, cool down, let me discuss. I’ll get an increasing number of emotional.”
And, as Tendulkar poured his coronary heart out to the Indian public for the final time, tears had been streaming down my cheeks. I used to be weeping profusely.
With the retirement of Tendulkar, my private reference to cricket had been irreparably broken. Sure. The boys who succeeded Tendulkar have taken Indian cricket to nice heights, however no one may captivate me and provides me the identical pleasure that Tendulkar gave.
And, at this stage of your profession Roger, I very properly know that and you’ll’t keep it up ceaselessly.
And, as an ardent fan of yours, all I want to say is that this – I don’t care in case you win one other Grand Slam title or not, I don’t care in case you return to the World No.1 spot once more or not, however I want to let you know only one factor.
“Simply go on the market, and have enjoyable mate. As a result of when you’ve enjoyable, we’ve got enjoyable too..”
An ardent fan of yours
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