Like an apparition

IMG_0613I’ve spent last weekend in the stands of Phillipe Chartrier at the Roland Garros Grand Slam in Paris watching the gratest icons of our generation, Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, but also Novak Djokovic, Jo-Wilfred Tsonga among others.

When all of sudden, for a brief moment, John McEnroe emerged from the commentators box for a breath of fresh air during the Federer’s vs Simon match.

Tennis is so flat nowdays. :)

The fighter

No one has taken the mantra of playing every point as if it’s his last more literally than Rafael Nadal. While that type of attitude has been a contributor to his injury issues, his reckless style, tireless work ethic, and nearly unmatched determination will be never be forgotten.

We will never know how great Nadal could have been without the knee issues. To be matter-of-fact about it, his potential was somewhat staggering to fathom. That is why the contorting, electrifying Spaniard with unprecedented topspin has already written his legacy in the sport of tennis, regardless of what happens in the latter part of his career. In the 2009 Australian Open final, at the end of the five-set marathon, Federer cried, and who could blame him? Nadal was a brick wall.

I’m more a Federer fan but the chance of not having Nadal playing at top performance pains me a lot. Get well, ¡vamos Nadal!

Eyes on the ball

Andy Murray “killed the lamb” as we say in Portugal and won his first Grand Slam. And for those not used to watch a final without Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal it was an amazing final, Novak Djokovic gave it all but the scottish was the toughest in the end.

Serena Williams won by a whisker in a thrilling women’s match against Viktoria Azarenka!

Frederico Ferreira Silva with Kyle Edmund won the juniors doubles title at the US Open, the first portuguese ever to win a Grand Slam titke. Congratulations!

 

 

 

Right where he belongs

The moment Andy Murray’s cross-court backhand pass was called out to give the seventh Wimbledon title and 17th Grand Slam title to the player who had confronted a scenario as challenging as any thought up by a perverse Greek god in mythology.

In 2006 David Foster Wallace wrote an essay entitled “Federer as Religious Experience”, at some point he states “Roger Federer appears to be exempt from certain physical laws… a type that one could call genius or mutant or avatar, a creature whose body is both flesh and, somehow, light.”

I wouldn’t go that far but I’ve seen the light! :)