Roger Federer at Indian Wells: Living & Dying by the Sword

There was incredible shot-making, high-impact assault and nonstop dread.

The semi-finals between Federer and Nadal at Indian Wells had oodles and oodles of high-strung drama. And, more.

But this time, it was the Spaniard who was at the receiving end, although not before Federer put himself through the familiar gut-wrenching tension each time he heard the murmurs of the demons somewhere in the back of his mind.

The demons of yesterday, as usual, had walked in with Federer to the court, striking him at crucial junctures.

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After Nadal, Roger Federer Is Up Against His Second Biggest Enemy

The celebrations of the truly epic final between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal at the 2012 Australian Open had just begun. Firecrackers were lighting up the sky. Champagne corks were popping. Djokovic was being elevated to the highest ranks. Tombstones were being erected for Maestro Roger Federer.

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Djokovic-Nadal: Signalling a More Riveting Rivalry in 2012

As it rained confetti at the 100th Australian Open awards ceremony, there stood Rafael Nadal next to Novak Djokovic—facing floodlights of despair, looking lost, but still holding on gracefully. A layer beneath this grace was the look of a stranger in a strange land.

The Rod Laver Arena was no more the paradise that he inhabited some Slams ago. Someone else lives in there. And that someone has found answers to all the puzzles that helped him rattle his opponents and win ever so emphatically. The more defeats he suffers at the hands of his nemesis, the farther he walks from this paradise. Continue reading

Aussie Open Men’s Final: What a cracker of a match!

English: Djokovic with the Australian open trophy

Honestly speaking, I thought it was Nadal’s 11th. To think that you could beat the greatest retriever of the ball ever in the history of tennis in a five-setter that dragged on for nearly six hours is sheer audacity. More so after you go out of breath in the decider, go down a break and break back Nadal and break him again and serve out the for the championship! That’s crazy! Continue reading

Booed Berdych wins hearts with genuine fight against Nadal at AO

U.S. Open Friday, Sept. 4, 2009

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Score card is often deceptive. Sometimes a win in three straights sets can make us believe that all went well with the winner. But in tennis, one or two bad games here and there, you might even lose the match despite having a higher number of winners in the books. It all boils down to reining in unforced errors and lapping up crucial points at crucial junctures. Continue reading

Roger Federer: 1000th Encounter, 2000th Set & Still Going Lethal at 100th Aussie Open

When I wrote my first article for B/R, I knew I was treading a difficult path. Owing allegiance to any team, any particular player means entering the battlefield with his/her rivals’ fans. They swoop down on you and rip you apart, questioning each of your points, assertions and opinions. Continue reading