Sunday 07 Jun 2009, clouds in the sky waiting to drench the capitol city of France but Court Philippe Chatrier @ Roland Garros was packed to its maximum capacity. The whole crowd awaiting that precious moment with their heart beating above normalcy, so was Roger’s… His defeats to Rafa for the past four years passing in front of his eyes, and with Soderling at the other side of the net he serves for the championship point and the swede puts it to the net and the entire Philippe Chartier at its feet screaming one name.. Roger.. who is down on his knees in the red mud with tears in his eyes…
What an incredible sight it was!!!
Roger proved his mettle here at Paris, winning his 14th GS as well as his holy grail that was elusive till now from his trophy rack 🙂 That marked a career GS for Roger making him the complete and all time greatest player in Tennis history.
Yeah I know mentioning him as ‘all time greatest’ would be criticized saying that he didnt beat Rafa in the finals. But that was not Roger’s fault and it was Rafa’s for not making it to the finals.. Roger beat whoever was on the other side of the net and this time it was Soderling who infact crushed Rafa in the round of 16. Roger would have beaten anyone on sunday as he was at his supreme form. He beat Rafa just a week ago at Madrid quite convincingly announcing his comeback. He had all the tactics to counter Rafa’s game. Rafa struggled at Madrid but everyone came up saying that it was his semifinals against Nole costed the match. But it was Roger’s game that made Rafa to wrong foot all the times in that match.
It was a good comment from Soderling at the podium.. “Congratz Roger.. You gave me a lesson on how to play tennis today!!” Its infact true. Roger’s exquisite drop shots, sharp backhand passes and stunning forehands really put Soderling out of position on most of the points. Roger’s shots were so fast that Soderling didnt get time to think of his shots. Before Soderling could actually find his rhythm the match was over. Albeit it was a fabulous performance by Soderling in Paris this year beating all clay court specialists Ferrer,Rafa, Davydenko, Gonzalez. A High-five for the swede and to his coach Magnus Norman, a brilliant clay courter of his times..
It was Andre Agassi who presented the trophy to the swiz master. What else could Roger ask for? It was his Sunday and he had all the blessings from the almighty.
He ends the clay court season as the best clay courter and now having thrown all his pressure off his shoulder, Roger would focus on his favourite slam. In another couple of weeks its going to be a treat to watch the top 4 – Rafa, Roger, Andy and Nole fighting out for Wimby.
Keeping fingers crossed for Roger to overtake Pete and touch the summit of glory.
ps: Images from http://www.rogerfederer.com
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