Roger Federer-the name demands attention every time the phenomenon steps on the tennis court. Federer has his legacy etched in tennis history and has been trending for over a decade now. But this Sunday on his favorite court filled with lush green, we witnessed something extra special form the master himself. He might have lost his title but the match was a shot in the arm for the critics who wrote him off after a bad season.
Sunday’s effort in the finals was extraordinary even for the maestro who has entertained us with his delightful stroke play through the years. The match trended all over social media so much, that even non-tennis fans had to clear their schedule to witness the game of epic proportions. 2-5 down in the fourth set, when everyone was preparing for another Djokovic victory, the king of tennis decided to make a comeback in a typical Roger Federer fashion with pure class and majestic play.
Federer shows class:
Roger Federer, the maestro started winning net approaches and his backhand found the right places of the court let alone his bullet like aces which found Djokovic bleeding points. He incredibly saved a match point and won 5 games in a row to take the 4th set 7-5 and scripted one of the comebacks in modern tennis history. The fans were jumping with joy, as they witnessed Federer, the maestro is full flow. Eighth Wimbledon title looked possible as he bossed the early part of the 5th set. But the top seed, Novak Djokovic stepped his game right at the business end of the final set to win his 7th grand slam and regain the #1 ranking.
Most of the tennis worlds were left heartbroken as they saw their hero losing it in 5 sets but came back in touch with reality to realize the proportions of his comeback. 2014 is a significant year for Federer and his fans as they are seeing the rebirth of this great man who had an aberration last season. Federer is suddenly fitter than ever. His backhand which was filled with errors last season are falling right in place, his drop shots that inevitably found the net is finding the service box with precision, a player who gave up on points easily when he realized he was out of a particular rally is found chasing impossible volleys, drops and smashes.
The transformation in Federer:
Roger Federer has transformed from someone who wanted to finish the rally as quickly as possible resulting in umpteen number of unforced errors to someone who is willing to play well behind the baseline and stay in the rally until a loose ball comes his way. A player who ruled the tennis world with class, grace, elegance certainly realized the demands of the game and significantly improved his work load.
Fans and followers of the game have realized that this is the best they have seen the master play in recent times and are astonished by the comeback he has made from last season. The unsung hero here, the man who has been responsible for such a turnaround is Stefan Edbarg. When the master temporarily appointed him early in the season he realized that he was the right person for the job. Stefan understood the limitations that come with age and molded Federer into a man who means business. This season is a telling example of the famous “Form is temporary but class is always permanent”.
Hope of new horizon:
For millions of Federer fans all over the world, this was one of the most incredible comebacks the master has ever made, saving break points, match points and what not? It was something people never expected from a man who is supposed to be “32 years old”. Suddenly the tennis world realizes Federer is no pushover when it comes to winning Grand slams. He is in with as much chances as his opponents in the tennis circuit. The kind of Federer that we have seen in this season so far suggests Grand slam no.18 is not far away. With this effort he has just proved that “Age is just a number” and raised the bar in typical Federeresque fashion in an already competitive men’s tennis circuit.