These are the fewest yet the only words that describe the Swiss ace’s career not only in tennis, but in Wimbledon as a whole. He has been one of the favourites at SW19 since he won Wimbledon’s junior title in 1998, only to become World No. 1 in the junior rankings as the year ended.
There are so many things that pop up in my mind at night, but I always end up forgetting them till I wake up in the morning. I should just write my blogs at night to share with you everything that I intend to write over here.
Moving on, had a really pumped up last week because of Wimbledon – and of course, Roger Federer. It gives you so much excitement to see an overly exceptional player ruling the court, at the peak of turning 31 in a few months. Federer not only played some of his best tennis as the rounds progressed, but he also proved that 30 year olds should not be underestimated – and in this case one of the best tennis players who has been labelled as the ‘King of Tennis’, or specifically for Wimbledon as ‘King of Grass’. I do not believe that in the past two/two and a half years Federer has lost his glory. Not at all! He might not have won Grand Slams, but his love and passion towards tennis shows why he moved from being No.1 to No.2 to No.3, and recently winning his 17th Grand Slam title, back to being the World No.1. I always love him for what a charming and calm person he is on court, never losing his cool and always being focused on his game. And the essential point being, he never gives up.
Looking at his 4th round win against Benneteau, I was at first completely brokenhearted to see Federer losing the first two sets. The reason could have been anything, but I’m not here to make up reasons on this matter. What gave me back my hope was when he won the third set. His comeback was phenomenal! And I regained the hope of his win, not only against Benneteau, but also for the Wimbledon title – his 17th Grand Slam title. And he showed it! He achieved it! He took back his games and made it to the QuarterFinal. There was no stopping for the King of Tennis. I believe what made him progress the rounds, either with ease or obstacles, was his goal to ACHIEVE. Achieve for his country, his family, his fans, and most importantly, for himself.
And there, Federer beat Youzhny, Djokovic and Murray to regain his Wimbledon trophy after 3 years and also his ranking as the World No.1 in tennis – creating H17TORY of being the only player in this sport to possess 17 Grand Slam titles.
And I rejoiced with screams and a huge, never-ending smile for this great man who I have been supporting, with love and pride, for the past 5 years.