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July 17, 2009

– Writing about a match which was over two weeks ago might sound foolish. But when you are caught up with your work and have no time to write and when you see a match which ought not to be missed, you can’t help but write about it. If my first sentence sounded confusing enough, let me make it clear I am talking about the 2009 Wimbledon final. What a match! If you have seen the match, I am sure you wouldn’t forget it for a long long time.

I have started following tennis only from 3 or 4 years and have been a Federer fan all throughout. But this time, the first time in these many years I wanted Federer’s opponent to win and that too in a grand slam final. Just before the match and also for the first 2, 3 sets, I wanted Federer to win, but seeing the fight put up by Andy Roddick, I bet everyone would have wanted to support him.

I wanted Federer to beat the records and win his 15th grand slam, but when I watched Andy roddick playing that day, I couldn’t help but want him to win. The match many thought to be a cakewalk, went to 5 sets and the last set stretched to 30 games! Roddick was so close to win his first ever Wimbledon title and yet he couldn’t. Federer won 5–7, 7–6(6), 7–6(5), 3–6, 16–14. As they say, at the end of the day, may be the better among the two won. But from now I am sure, I would be following Roddick’s play as well.

– One thing that has kept the national media busy for the whole of last week was Sania Mirza’s engagement. Right form what she would be wearing to what people at the function would be eating, the media wanted to know everything about it. I do understand that Sania is the one who brought women’s tennis to a level where it has never been. But what is the need for everyone to cover her engagement, which was supposed to a family affair. All through that day, almost all channels have been live telecasting the happenings at her home and the hotel where the engagement was happening.

I know that there are many people who want to know everything and anything about celebrity lives but then shouldn’t something be left as their personal life? May be I am asking too much from the media. At the end of the day all it matters is who could capture a glimpse of a celebrity and who scored more in the TRP race.

– Speaking of sports, Rahul Dravid has been called back to the Indian ODI Squad and I am happy to hear that. Being a Dravid fan, I strongly feel that he dint get what is due to him. His performance has been overshadowed at many times. Hope he does well this time and answers his critics with the bat.

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14 Comments leave one →
  1. July 17, 2009 12:19 PM

    he he he… !! phew
    Someone said they were out of the race for the 1st place

    • July 18, 2009 11:18 AM

      the phew was for getting u back… !!!!!!!!!

      what did u think ????
      What else other than the race for being 1st in all the blogs around

  2. July 17, 2009 12:28 PM

    I agree with the first two…

    I wrote a post too on that match.. i m sports crazy and who loves a result.. but for once I didnt want a result in that match.. I just wanted both the players to go home after 15-15 in the final set
    and share the prize… no one deserved to lose and Roddick actually probably played better still lost… imagine his serve was broken just once… !! just once.. while roger’s was broken twice.. I again am a fedex fan.. !! so sad na…
    ya..it was not about the result but it was about the game played that day. Even though Federer won three sets, Roddick has actually scored more points..me too felt so sad for him after the match..

    Sania.. well why do you all watch news so much… its all rubbish i stay away and knew nothing… good for me.. !
    hmm..good for you
    Rahul being called back…

    No I think it is a wrong step… we dont need him in the one dayers… But our selectors have pressed the panic button seeing the discomfort with the short ball people like raina had… but once sehwag and sachin are back.. with gambhir, rohit, yousuf, yuvi and dhoni… Rahul will not find a place.. and it will be very bad to have him sitting in the squad as 12th man…

    They should be investing in a youngster now and actually need to work on Raina (he has serious prolbmes with short bowling) / Robin Uthappa / Virat Kohli they need to be nurtured faster… coz soon from Tests Laxman, Rahul and Sachin will disappear… so we need to train replacements and expose them to pressure…

    Well..I feel that we cant just throw Rahul out of ODIs just because of few bad performances.. even though he want great in ODIs, he was good enough. i do agree that it is time to groom the younger players but then as long as the senior players are playing good, we can still give them a chance..

    • July 18, 2009 11:25 AM

      As long as they are playing good… !!!

      Being brutally honest… Dravids game has waned… His stokes no longer flow like they used to in during 2003 to 2007 … the decline is evident… his running between wickets is not as flash… and his fielding is not getting quicker….

      I love him as a player and he is the unsung hero along with Kumble of Indian cricket… !! and Indian Test Cricket will feel his missing once he goes…

      But I think as a guy who has to build his team for the next few years….

      I need to identify who will replace Dravid in Tests ….

      I have to test them at international levels… is it going to be Rohit ?? or Kohli ???

      We need to give them exposure… and we have been winning ODI’s very consistently even after Dravid and Ganguly left…

      so I think its not right to get him back and keep him as 12th man… he doesnt pick himself in the XI …

      better let some youngster in the dressing room and get the feel and experience…

      Sachin is there to guide the one day team…

      Plus u want to keep Dravid hungry and wanting to prove a point…

      That will make him want to score more in Tests to prove that he can play in ODI’s…

      in short he performs more in Tests…

      Tests are most important… not just for me… but for most of the cricketers… atleast the older ones…

      hmm.. Tests are important but so are ODIs.. I dont agree with your point that “Plus u want to keep Dravid hungry and wanting to prove a point… “. Keeping him away from the ODIs might not be an inspiration at all and it might have a negative impact on his test performance. i do agree that Dravid was at his best in 2003-2007 period, but then keeping him away from ODIs just because of few bad performances is not acceptable to me. Grooming young player and exposing them at international level is also important but that can be done at a gradual level like one or two matches in a series..For what i believe is that Dravid has it in him to continue playing ODIs for at least one more year. btw i also feel that Dravid and Kumble are the unsung heroes of indian cricket..

      • July 20, 2009 1:59 PM

        You wont agree… Dravid fan.. !!!

        and yes they are unsung heroes… infact India will feel the pinch of dravid a lot more in tests…

        Still must say we are winning and will keep winning ODI’s without Dravid…

        Kumble… was India’s greatest match winner… he has won more tests than any other Indian cricketer… and I mean ANY !!!!

  3. July 17, 2009 12:30 PM

    geee too long a comment…
    catching up with you di i guess 😀

  4. kanagu permalink
    July 17, 2009 1:45 PM

    Thats an awesome match mystery… a perfect exhibition of power tennis… even though Roddick seemed to be the better player to win the match midway thru the 5th set but if you have seen Federer started to get better and better as the set progressed and his serve started to be unbreakable and he won the match… both the players displayed a rare composure in that epic match 🙂
    Awesome match it was..Federer might have improved his game thru the set but then Roddick gave a tough fight..a very very tough one indeed..
    and for sania our medias ruined her talent and whatever she has done was exaggerated… be it good or bad..
    Do you also feel the same? she was given too much of attention and i feel that it has distracted her from Tennis. but i dint wanted be judgmental as she can make a comeback and improve her rankings even now..
    dont know what to say for dravid… a talented and determined player good for ODIs now also but I dont know how he will fit in the dhoni’s scheme of things… hope he passes on some of his invaluable knowledge of how to play the short stuff to younger players 🙂
    hope he does..

  5. July 17, 2009 7:58 PM

    I heard the match was great and i didn’t see because i slept early only to get up after the match was over.
    Oh… you were sleeping during the match while i was staying up late in spite of having a presentation the next day..

  6. Vimmuuu permalink
    July 17, 2009 11:50 PM

    I hate sports !!! unless they wanna call hide and seek a sport 😀 😀
    lol.. thats Indias Unofficial National sport..

    • July 20, 2009 3:22 PM

      Ha ha ha ..that’s y u were playing hide n seek is it 😉 [Blogspot-WP]

      Me: 😀

  7. July 20, 2009 3:23 PM

    That match ws really an awesome one! I was glued to the couch 🙂

    Reg. the media hype, what better can we expect from them!!! They need something to stay online 24×7 !

    Welcome here Swaram
    glued to the match..me too
    ya the media always has to show some or the other ‘news’ 24×7

  8. July 20, 2009 3:25 PM

    N yeah, I am so happy abt Dravid’s return :). I like his game too 🙂
    Keeping fingers crossed n hope he answers well with the bat this time!

    Yay! another Dravid fan.. hope he does..

  9. July 22, 2009 9:28 PM

    I am happy about Dravid’s return too 🙂 Have no idea about the actual impact on the team – am sure Hitchy’s points must be valid – but Dravid is so cute! He deserves to be there 🙂 or we deserve to be able to watch him 😉
    Oh yes Dravid is not just a good player but cute too 🙂

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