Oh !!A Kiss well worth its while … (photos )
It was a day that Federer had been waiting for over 4 years and finally he conquered the French Open title in his 4th attempt. His opponent this time was Soderling who had eased Federer’s path by upsetting the four time champion at Roland Garros Nadal last Sunday in the fourth round. Considering that Federer had a 9-0 record prior to this match he was the firm favourite but Soderling was not to be taken lightly as Soderling not only shocked Nadal — and the entire tennis world — but also beat No. 10 Nikolay Davydenko, No. 12 Fernando Gonzalez and No. 14 David Ferrer. But it was meant to be Federer’s day and not even a court intruder, gusting winds or rain showers could stop the Swiss from sweeping past Sweden’s Robin Soderling 6-1, 7-6, 6-4 on Sunday to achieve sporting greatness.
Only the 6th player in history to win all the four slams (photos)
Federer was superb at the start, taking a 4-0 lead and closed the set 6-1. Soderling who looked nervous playing his first Grand slam Final came back strongly in the second set to get it to the tie breaker.. But Federer was outstanding. The Swiss star served four points — and all four were aces, winning the tiebreaker 7-1. Federer called it “one of the greatest tiebreakers in my career.” With 2 sets down it was clear that nothing could stop the Swiss today and he won the third set 6-4.
Finally I have scaled the peak ( photos)
“Every time I played Roger, after the match, I always said, ‘I played so bad today.’ Now I learned that it’s not that I played bad,” Soderling said. “He makes me play bad.” Federer hit more aces than Soderling, 16-2. He broke Soderling four times. He won 40 of the first 47 points on his serve. His drop shots today were perfect.
A well deserved win ( photos)
Federer was in complete control of the match except for a bizarre and worrisome episode when a man jumped over the photographer’s pit and ran on the court. It happened after the first point at 2-1 in the second set, and the intruder went right up to Federer and tried to put a red hat on him. Federer brushed the man aside before security guards even got close enough to intervene. After hopping the net, the man was tackled and jailed for questioning. “A touch scary,” Federer said, lamenting he didn’t ask for a chance to gather himself. “It definitely felt uncomfortable once he came close to me. Looking back, it definitely threw me out of my rhythm a little bit.”
With this win Federer joins an elite group of Tennis stars who have completed a career grand slam. He is only the sixth player to do so. He also equaled the Pete Sampras’ record of 14 major singles titles who failed to win a French open. Roger Federer is arguable the best player of the modern era and one of the best that the game has ever seen. Federer is only 27. Sampras, who never reached a French Open final, was 31 when he won his last major title. Federer will try for No. 15 beginning in two weeks at Wimbledon, which he has won five times. He has also won the US Open the past five years, and he has three Australian Open titles.
It was an icing on the cake when Federer accepted the trophy from Andre Agassi, whose 1999 French Open title made him the last man with a full set of Grand Slam trophies. When the Swiss national anthem played for the first time after French Open men’s final, tears rolled down Federer’s cheeks, that silver trophy nestled in his arms. “It is a magical moment,” a drenched Federer told the crowd after holding up the Musketeers’ Cup high above his head before planting a kiss on to its gleaming surface.
A smiling Soderling said he was beaten by the “best player in history.” Yesterday, with my coach (Magnus Norman) we were joking, like nobody can beat me 10 times in a row,” he said, referring to Federer having beaten him in their nine previous encounters.” We were wrong.”
Sampras: “Now that he’s won in Paris, I think it just more solidifies his place in history as the greatest player that played the game, If there’s anyone that deserves it, it’s Roger.He’s come so close — lost to one guy who’s going to go down as probably the greatest clay-courter of all time.”
Agassi: “I’m so happy for him, Roger has earned his place, his rightful place, in the game, and winning here was just something that would have been a bit of a crime if he never did.”
So what do you think???? Is federer the greatest player to pick up a tennis racket ?? ..Please do comment