How's my Luck now?

Reflections, views and descriptions during my stay at IIM Lucknow from July 2004 to March 2006

Location: India

Thursday, January 27, 2005

Safin gets the better of Federer

Finally, Roger Federer's 26- (or 27-) match unbeaten run came to an end in the semi-finals of the Australian Open tennis tournament with the Russian Marat Safin beating him in an epic match, lasting 4 hours and 28 minutes. The scoreline at the end read (in favour of Safin): 5-7, 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (8-6), 9-7. What a match! It was a privilege to watch it on TV (in the TV room of hostel 4). Safin played out of his skin to save the match in the fourth-set tie-breaker, and then Federer did the same in the fifth set. In the end, Safin just proved too good for the classy Federer.

I watched a great tennis match after such a long, long time. It felt really good. Federer is the rightful heir to Sampras. In fact, his game is more complete than that of Sampras. However, the key lies in the ability to raise one's game in the crucial matches, something at which Sampras was a past master. It also remains to be seen whether Federer can match Sampras' consistency of the mid-'90s. And of course, how well he can do at the French Open. To be sure, he seems to have a much better chance of winning it than Sampras ever did.
Now I hope Safin wins the tournament. I did not want Federer to lose, but then, I wanted Safin to win, seeing the way he played. And I don't think much of either Lleyton Hewitt or Andy Roddick - the other two semi-finalists.


Blogger ASHOK VAISHNAV said...

Incidentaly the other semi final- Williams vs. Sharaova- had aso a tough-looking scoreline and more than two hours of play, after probably a very long time in women's tennis.

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