ROGER FEDERER PROVES HIMSELF, ONCE AGAIN!
Renaissance man, resurgent, resilient, fighter, greatest-player-of-all-times… Over the past few days Roger Federer has become the darling of tennis media. I have heard more and more accolades being piled up on him, with all the flak aimed at him throughout this year turning onto flowery praise. Not that I am complaining, I am glad to see this turnaround both in his game and in the opinions of the followers of the game. The same people who proudly proclaimed that he was standing on a crumbling pedestal are busy placing him on higher pedestals, and he deserves every bit of it! His end-of-season surge which has resulted in three back-to-back titles including the prestigious ATP World Tour Finals for a record sixth time has won him the appreciation, and more importantly the respect, of tennis followers all over the world.
I have always been a Federer loyalist and have always refused to believe, despite his dismal season till September, that his career was over. Yes I did doubt his ability to play long matches after his particularly painful Wimbledon and US Open ouster and also once wrote (God forgive me) that he could be getting past his prime. Of course my next sentence was that I hope he proves me wrong and I am delighted that he has proven all of us wrong! Right now I am enjoying watching Federer play and taking great pleasure in the fact that he is back to his best tennis. I have also immensely enjoyed reading some wonderful articles and blogs that are have been written about him in the past week following his ATP Triumph. I decided to compile the best of the write-ups on him for the benefit of all fellow Federer fans. Following are the list of the ten most interesting articles written on Roger Federer’s resurgence. Enjoy reading!
1. FEDERER SHOWS COHORTS HE IS STILL A FORCE
Ø Peter Bodo, The Bleacher Report
2. WATCH OUT FOR FEDERER IN 2012
Ø Greg Rusedski, Reuters
3. ROGER FEDERER THE REBORN KING AMID THE WARZONE OF MODERN TENNIS
Ø Kevin Mitchell, The Guardian Sports blog
4. IS ROGER FEDERER PLAYING BETTER THAN EVER?
Ø Jonathon Overend, BBC Sports Blog
5. WHAT MORE COULD HAVE FEDERER ASKED FOR?
Ø Udayan Nag, IBNlive Blog
6. FEDERER COMES OUT ON TOP
Ø Ben Rothenberg , New York Times Tennis blog
7. IS ROGER FEDERER THE GREATEST PLAYER IN TENNIS ERA?
Ø Davis Robinson, Live tennis guide
8. TENNIS COMMUNITY REACTS TO ROGER FEDERER’S 6TH ATP WORLD TOUR FINALS TITLE
Ø Tom Gainey, TennisX.com
9. FEDERER WINS RECORD SIXTH ATP FINALS, WILL END YEAR AT NO 3
Ø Chris Chase, Yahoo tennis blog
10. ROGER FEDERER NOT SLOWING DOWN AS YET
Ø Peter Bodo, ESPNgo.com tennis blog
After reading these accolades heaped up on Federer I can’t help but feel proud of the fact that he has justified the faith and love of his fans by returning to winning ways. I hope with all my heart that he carries forward this momentum to 2012 and starts the season which includes the Olympics high on confidence and on a winning note. Here is looking forward to a Roger Federer special in 2012.