I never expected Roger Federer would ever win another Grand Slam title after the 2012 Wimbledon, more so with yet another meeting with Rafael Nadal who I’ve become used to getting the better of him. Yet Roger proves once again that he is the best that tennis has seen and that he will always be the most admired man to ever hold a racket.
There are sports rivalries, yet none as great as the duo we’ve come to know as “Fedal” who have amazed us with their athleticism and made us believe that it’s possible to be great rivals and good friends at the same time. While I like both athletes, I’m obviously on The Fed’s side perhaps for the same reasons that legions of fans from around the globe have rallied behind him over the years–talent, grace, hard work, passion for his sport, and respect for his supporters.
Athletes like this guy happen much rarer than once in a generation and one could only wonder what we’ve ever done to deserve him.
And so amid soul-crushing stories of xenophobia, ignorance, corruption, misogyny and extra judicial killings, Roger’s victory in Melbourne is that one good news that we need. Thank you, GOAT!
“An Australian Open final between two ageless champions turned out to be a tennis match for the ages, with Roger Federer beating Rafael Nadal in five outstanding sets before a rapturous Rod Laver Arena crowd.
“The Swiss star prevailed 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 against his fellow great, coming from a break down in the fifth set to claim his 18th major title.
“A revitalised Federer mixed up his tactics against an opponent who has had the better of him historically, hitting 73 winners to Nadal’s 35.”