Why Sachin Tendulkar gave a billion fans a sleepless night

Wankhede Stadium is expected to burst at its seams when Sachin Tendulkar walks out to take fresh guard on Friday morning. The 40-year-old genius will start at his overnight score of 38 as India start Day Two of the second Test against the West Indies at 157 for two wickets, just 25 runs adrift of the Caribbean first innings total of 182 all out. 

A billion Indians will pray for the Master Blaster and many will have a sleepless night as Tendulkar fans want nothing less than a hundred in his farewell game. Tendulkar is playing his 200th Test and is a proud owner of a 100 international centuries. “Why not the 101st?” VVS Laxman told NDTV, adding: “He has shown the right intent and the body language to get a big score.” Tendulkar has a record 51 Test centuries and 67 fifties ever since making his debut in 1989.
On Thursday, Tendulkar came in to bat with India at 77 for two wickets. Never have Wankhede fans ‘celebrated’ the fall of an Indian wicket when Murli Vijay was caught by Darren Sammy off Shane Shillingford’s bowling for 43. This Test match is all about Tendulkar and fans gave him a thunderous ovation as the Caribbeans welcomed him to the middle with a guard of honour. The pleasantries over quickly, it was time for business as Tendulkar settled down and quickly started middling the ball on a Wankhede wicket that afforded both turn and bounce. The sound of leather meeting the sweet spots of the willow is the ultimate signal that gives confidence to a batsman and Tendulkar is no different. The initial hints of nerves soon transformed to confidence as Tendulkar quickly flashed a smile to say all was well. 

“With Indian two wickets falling in an over, Tendulkar didn’t get too much time to prepare. But once he went in, his body language was positive and his intentions very clear,” said Sunil Gavaskar to NDTV. Having scored just 10 runs in his 199th Test at Eden Gardens last week, the pressure to score on what perhaps will be his last Test innings was high. But Tendulkar grabbed the bull by its horns and used his feet and guile to score runs freely. By judging the length of the balls almost to clinical perfection, the vintage cuts and drives followed and there were three exquisite fours in his first 20 runs. A screaming on-drive on the rise off a Sammy delivery stood out as it had the trademark Tendulkar’s timing and grace written all over it. (Sachin gets guard of honour)

“That’s the beauty of this man. He reacts to a situation extremely well. What makes his innings praiseworthy is the fact that he came in and adjusted to the situation very well and kept the scoreboard ticking,” explained Laxman. (Watch  Video)

Tendulkar refused to cow down even as the day was coming to a close. His 38 had six boundaries, each one a treat to watch. His partner, Cheteshwar Pujara (batting on 34), must have felt like a student. The duo put on 80 runs for the third wicket and looked good for many more. “The way Tendulkar batted in tandem with Pujara speaks about his commitment to the team. It reflects his team spirit and the foundation for a big score has been laid,” felt Gavaskar. 

India will hope to bat just once in this match. With so much batting to come, MS Dhoni will not like to bat last on a turning track. A hundred from Tendulkar will be the perfect coup de grace and the hunger in the master blaster’s eyes were clear on Thursday. The first hour of a day in a Test match is always crucial. In a career spanning 24 years, Tendulkar must have been in such situations many time before. Tendulkar loves challenges and this is just the perfect setting for him to prove why he is called the ‘God’ of cricket. It will be travesty of justice if Friday doesn’t belong to Sachin Tendulkar.

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INDIA NO.1 IN ODI’S

World champion India has been guaranteed the number-one spot after the last two ODIs in the seven-match series against Australia were washed-out. Australia leads the series 2-1 with the final two matches to be played in Nagpur and Bengaluru on Wednesday and Saturday, respectively.

Australia had entered the series needing to win 6-1 or better to reclaim the number-one spot, which it last held in July 2012.

If Australia manages to win the final two ODIs, it will rise to 119 ratings points while India will finish on 120 ratings points. In sharp contrast, if India wins both matches, it will finish on 123 ratings points while Australia will slide to 114 ratings points – only three ahead of England and Sri Lanka.

INDIA NO.1 IN ODI’S

World champion India has been guaranteed the number-one spot after the last two ODIs in the seven-match series against Australia were washed-out. Australia leads the series 2-1 with the final two matches to be played in Nagpur and Bengaluru on Wednesday and Saturday, respectively.

Australia had entered the series needing to win 6-1 or better to reclaim the number-one spot, which it last held in July 2012.

If Australia manages to win the final two ODIs, it will rise to 119 ratings points while India will finish on 120 ratings points. In sharp contrast, if India wins both matches, it will finish on 123 ratings points while Australia will slide to 114 ratings points – only three ahead of England and Sri Lanka.

Ishant Sharma: One giant nightmare

After giving 30 runs in an over of the match Ishant Sharma has been trending all over in Facebook And Twitter. Australia needed 44 runs in 18 balls and only 4 wickets were left, everyone thought that India will win this match but then came the villan of the match Ishant Sharma. James Faulkner scored 30 runs in 48th over and that over changed the game.  Australia won the match and  since then Ishant Sharma has been trending all over in Facebook And Twitter. Here are some funny one-liners.

 

  •  Ishant Sharma is God’s answer to BCCI’s wrongdoings.
  • Dear single guys, if a girl gives you as many chances as Dhoni has given to Ishant Sharma, marry her.
  •  Behind every successful batsman there is a Kamran Akmal, but infront of them is Ishant Sharma
  • You Have 2 Bullets and there is #IshantSharma, KRK & Mrs. Gandhi, which 2 people are ugonna Shoot ? Indian Fan : I’ll Shoot Ishant TWICE !!
  •  Newton’s 3rd law modified: For every N Srinivasan, there is an equal and opposite Ishant Sharma.
  •  Dear Dhoni, Ishant Sharma ko OLX pe bech de.
  • Ishant Sharma makes people miss Nehra
  • Windows media player……. …..Is a better player than Ishant Sharma.
  •  Once Rajanikanth’s team scored 500 runs in a T20match, but still they lost that match….Can u guess the reason?Anyone?Areh becoz Ishant Sharma bowled all the 20 overs forthe Rajani Sir’s team.

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  • Teri julfo ki ghani chaon me run marunga me…… jab tak he jaan jab tak he jaan– jamesfaulkner ADD more ;)
  •  Dhoni would have bowled better than Ishant Sharma. In fact, even Duncan Fletcher would have.
  •  It wasn’t Faulkner, it wasn’t Voges. Australia’s match winner tonight was Ishant Sharma.
  •  If ever there was an Orange Cap award for bowlers, Ishant Sharma would win it hands down.
  •  Ajit Agarkar would be having second thoughts on his retirement after looking at IshantSharma bowl.
  • Restaurants to rename ‘unlimited’ offer packages to ‘Ishant Sharma’ packages.
  • Ishant Sharma should be called Lord Ishant Sharma henceforth.
  • Ishant Sharma is the greatest bowler ever. He doesn’t just reverse swing the ball, he reverse swings the whole match.
  • BCCI should consider giving Ishant Sharma voluntary retirement.
  •  When Ishant Sharma bowls, it’s a working holiday for all fielders. Of course, the spectators are the real fielders.
  •  Ishant Sharma doesn’t need a towel to indicate that he’s giving away runs.
  •  Colors to give Ishant Sharma a wild card entry to Big Boss season 7.
  •  The selectors should drop Ishant Sharma and recall Ashish Nehra or Ashok Dinda for the remainder of the series.
  •  Dhoni isn’t India’s greatest finisher, Ishant Sharma is.
  •  Lord Ishant Sharma has the ability to overshadow Sir Jadeja
  •  At this rate, Ishant Sharma would end up with the most number of centuries (with the ball) for India in ODIs.
  •  MS Dhoni has asked Virat Kohli to deliver the Ishant Sharma speech tonight – “M#@$#@%$ B@#$@#%%”
  •  Three most useless things in the world. 1. Internet Explorer. 2. Indian Politicians. 3.Ishant Sharma.

Sachin wakes up as 15 year old, India goes crazy

India went into wild celebration’s this morning  after Sachin Tendulkar woke up as a 15 year old boy. As soon as the news broke out, huge crowds gathered outside his Bandra residence in anticipation to see the little master as a teenager again. Soon the news was flashed all over television channels of India, and experts around the world debated the causes and effects of the miracle. The whole of India went into frenzy and the daily life came to a standstill.27 International bowlers immediately started typing their retirement letters after hearing the news.

According to reports, Arjun Tendulkar was the first to find out the miracle. This morning when he woke up, he found his mirror image next to him on his bed ( except for the curly hair). A scared Arjun ran out of the room and complained to his mother. An equally scared Anjali called the neighbors to throw the Sachin lookalike out of the house. The neighbors when they arrived even doubted if Arjun had slept with jilmil ( Priyanka Chopra) from Barfi.

Sachin starts practicing at Shivaji Park again as a 15 year old

But Sachin, being a GOD, knew what had happened to him. With billions of people wishing to see more of Sachin’s batting, he transformed himself into a young star overnight. He granted a wish to his fans – who had shed millions of liters of tears in the last 24 hours – that he will play 200 more test matches before retiring.

Later after convincing his family members and neighbors about the situation, he sent a letter to BCCI to take back his retirement. A shocked BCCI was left with no choice but to accept it. Rahul Gandhi later told media that, ” The retirement letter that Sachin sent to BCCI yesterday was complete nonsense, and it must torn and thrown away.”

Even Sachin critics were very happy to get their job back. Sachin however was unavailable for comments. It is expected that his bat will do the talking again.

 

All the facts mentioned in this article are fiction. But you already knew that. Didn’t you?

Jack Wilshere and Kevin Pietersen involved in Twitter war

England footballer Jack Wilshere and cricket team’s batting mainstay, Kevin Pietersen were involved in a war of words on Twitter on Tuesday after the midfielder raised the issue of a sportsperson’s origins being important when playing for the national team.

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Champions League T20 semi-final preview: RR vs CSK

Today’s first semi-final is between two heavyweight IPL teams, with Rajasthan Royals taking on the Chennai Super Kings. CSK need to play out of your skin to get the better of Royals in their own backyard – Sawai Man Singh stadium.  On paper, the game appears to be a contest between equals, but the Royals, given their home record, should be fancying their chances.

Rajasthan Royals:

RR have been invincible at home this season. Royals are a strong force to reckon with when they are playing at the SMS stadium. They know the nature of the pitch well and they will have the majority of the crowd support when compared to the opposition. Their bowlers are in fine form, although the batting has been inconsistent. Sanju Samson and Brad Hodge are having a dream tournament. The 19-year-old batsman from Kerala has been a class act for the Royals. Dravid’s range of bowling options and some solid batsmen in the line-up, will make Rajasthan a tough nut to crack, even against a formidable Chennai.

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The Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings have met on 13 occasions.

Chennai Super Kings:

Chennai are a dangerous unit and perhaps have the most destructive batsmen in T20 cricket at their disposal. Hussey, Raina, Dhoni, Bravo, Jadeja. They might have lost their final group game against T&T, but CSK will have a point to prove against Rajasthan Royals in the semifinals. CSK is one of the few teams that are more than capable of breaching the Royal fortress. CSK will start as favourites because of the depth in their line-up and their prior experience of playing in knockout matches. The visitors have tremendous depth in their batting and bowling. In Dhoni, they have a cool and shrewd skipper who is also in blazing from with the willow. Suresh Raina and Michael Hussey are as solid as ever and Murali Vijay has also shown good form. Ravindra Jadeja has not been up to the mark but he can be never be counted out.

Squads:

Rajasthan Royals:

Rahul Dravid (Capt), Stuart Binny, Kevon Cooper, James Faulkner, Brad Hodge, Vikramjeet Malik, Ashok Menaria, Ajinkya Rahane, Sanju Samson, Rahul Shukla, Shaun Tait, Pravin Tambe, Siddharth Trivedi, Shane Watson and Dishant Yagnik.

Chennai Super Kings:

Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni (C & Wk), R Ashwin, S Badrinath, Dwayne Bravo, Faf du Plessis, Jason Holder, Michael Hussey, Imtiaz Ahmed, Ravindra Jadeja, Albie Morkel, Chris Morris, Suresh Raina, Wriddhiman Saha, Mohit Sharma, Murali Vijay.

Nadal: The comeback king

Few months ago, it was uncertain if Rafael Nadal would ever be back among tennis elites. Around the tennis fraternity,  experts spoke of how difficult it would be for him just to compete; let alone be successful at the top level. He had been completely written off  due to his constant problems in the knee and he wasn’t being seen as a threat by any player. There was not much hope for him that he would ever be able to make a come back  and perform.

But, with his victories at the French and US Open, he has hit back at his critics and has done it in some style. The victory once again proved his zeal to perform and to prove his mettle as a great player. Nadal’s comeback to the top echelon of  Tennis has been deemed fit enough by many to be called  a  miracle, including Nadal himself. The miracle has propelled Nadal into an orbit where he is soaring all by himself. He has made the world including all the so-called experts and critics to stand up and take notice of him as he went on to script one of the strongest comebacks the game has ever seen.

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Now, Nadal has reached a stage of his career where he doesn’t care anymore about the numbers and the rankings. It’s the sheer joy of hunting down his opponents that he relishes on. Putting behind the first round loss at Wimbeldon, he made a stunning  comeback by clinching the US Open title at Flushing Meadows. With this kind of form,  he is even poised to reclaim the world No 1 ranking before the end of the season – the position that he had lost to Djokovic in 2011 after Wimbeldon. Djokovic (11,120 points)  has a marginal lead over Nadal (10,860). With more than 2 months of the tennis season remaining, and access to 4,500 points through November, allows him the freedom needed to explore the limits of his game as he seeks to move himself ahead of his nearest competitors.

If his knees don’t give way and he plays the way he did in the the last couple of months, there could be no stopping Rafael Nadal- who is playing perhaps the best tennis of his career- from regaining the top spot . No matter where and when he does it, Nadal will in all likelihood end the year as the top man in tennis. When that happens, he will have crowned one of the finest comeback seasons in the history of tennis.

 

ITS DERBY TIME

It’s time for one of the biggest derby games in club football. It may be early days in the Premier League season, but these are the kind of games that makes or breaks a season. When United lost the EPL crown to their city rivals in the 2011-12 season, the whole debacle began with United’s unbelievable 6-1 home loss to City, after which the red devils lost their spine completely. More than the 3 points at stake, its the pride of winning against their biggest rivals that matters a lot for the fans.

Both teams are fresh from wins in theChampions League ties held in mid-week and will be high on confidence. City, however have a few injury problems to deal with. Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany made his return from injury in midweek and hasn’t played at the top level for a long time. Even Gael Clichy could miss out, alongside another defender, Martin Demichelis. David Silva is also a doubtful starter after missing the last two league games. But, City have enough fire power in their ranks. They have one of the best midfields in EPL, with the likes of Yaya Toure and Fernandinho.

The biggest derby game in England

The biggest derby game in England

On the other hand, Manchester United have no major injury concerns apart from Scotland captain Darren Fletcher, who is not expected to return any time soon.The form of Ronney is the biggest plus for United. Rooney has arguably been United’s best player this season, and is fresh from picking up two goals during the Champions League clash between United and Leverkusen in midweek. Right through the season he has  demonstrated his willingness and ability to drop deep, and his ability to find space and create chances for those around him. He along with Robin van Persie will be a threat up front.

Predictions:

This is one match where making a prediction would be like predicting the result of a coin toss. When emotions run high and the players respond more and more to the fans’ passion, one goal could decide the outcome of the match. Both the managers will settle for nothing less than a win. Whatever happens, we can expect a high-tension match filled with cards and emotions running high with violent tackles thrown in and clashes along the way.

 

Probable Line-up:

Manchester City line-up(4-2-3-1): Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasic, Kolarov, Yaya Toure, Fernandinho, David Silva, Aguero, Navas, Dzeko

Subs: Costel Pantilimon, Micah Richards, Joleon Lescott, James Milner, Jack Rodwell, Alvaro Negredo, Stevan Jovetic

Manchester United line-up(4-4-1-1): De Gea; Smalling, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra; Valencia, Carrick, Fellaini, Kagawa; Rooney; van Persie.

Subs: Lindegaard, Fabio, Buttner, Evans, Anderson, Cleverley, Giggs, Zaha, Kagawa, Hernández

 

Bailey’s Defining Summer

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Bailey Defining Summer

Ponting has faded into the distance, Hussey is long gone and Katich will never wear the baggy green again. Three men with grit and courage have been lost, their successive exits leaving Australia with a middle order that is brittle at the best of times. George Bailey has the disposition to solidify the batting lineup of the test squad, however the Tasmanian captain is in dire need of first class runs heading into a Sheffield Shield season that could define him as a player – he must pay for his test cap in centuries.

The Australian long format lineup has been repeatedly rocked by a chop-and-change selection policy that undervalues temperament and weight of runs. Embattled left-handers Usman Khawaja and Phillip Hughes are unable to withstand the maintained pressure of test cricket, consistently unable to rotate the strike and limply succumbing to persistent off-stump attacks. Khawaja has never looked remotely…

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Wayne Ronney: The White Pele

“He said to me he saw the white Pele,

 So I asked, who is he? 

He goes by the name of Wayne Rooney, 

Wayne Rooney, Wayne Rooney, 

He goes by the name of Wayne Rooney”

Every so often in football there comes a player that looks untouchable. It is not just through talent or training – it is an intangible aura. Pele had it, and now Wayne Rooney has it. Rooney imposes himself on the football field in such a way that when you consider his prodigious ability to control the ball, it becomes impossible to resist from comparing him to the legends of the past.

Rooney – couple of inches taller than Pele- is cast in the same squat, powerful and virtually unstoppable mould like Pele and has a similar physical presence like the legendary Brazilian.Although he is not sanctified with quite the two-footed agility of Pele, he balances it by generating extra power with his natural foot.  If not quite as quick off the mark, Rooney gains higher pace through longer runs. Time and again he shows glimpses of Pele’s intangible instinct for finding space and the unmatched reading of the play.

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In England, no hyperbole is sufficient to capture the importance of Rooney both at club and country level. There have been high and mighty voices that have vouched about his greatness

Sir Alex, who saw a touch of Brazilian flair in Rooney from close quarters, once said: “I think he’s a typical British player and there have been players who have had similar great qualities, whether it’s a Paul Gascoigne, George Best, Bobby Charlton or Denis Law. The similarities are that the boy has great courage, he wants to play all the time. He has incredible stamina. These are added extras to the talent he has. Brazilian? Well, if you look at Pele, for instance, he was a very aggressive attacker who could also look after himself. So can Rooney. They have similarities that way. Strength, speed, determination. But Wayne’s white, completely white.”

The ex-Evertonian has been at Old Trafford for almost nine years now. He made his Premier League debut at16, signed for United at 17 and, at 27, has already made 550 top-level footballing appearances.Having scored his 200th goal for Manchester United, he is now No. 4 on the list of  all-time top scorers for Manchester United, behind Jack Rowley (211 goals), Denis Law (237 goals) and the all-time top scorer Sir Bobby Charlton (249 goals).

After the contoversial transfer window, when his move to rival clubs looked to take shape, many fans doubted Rooneys commitment towards United. But, with a string of good performances this season, Rooney seem to have restored his credit with the club, working tirelessly for the team and recovering from an slump of form earlier season to forge a formidable partnership with Robin Van Persie.

The United faithfulls will hope Rooney will stay at Old Trafford to the end of his career, during which he would surely demonstrate further his versatility and utility for the team and become a club legend.

Know your star: Adnan Januzaj

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1. Adnan Januzaj is a Belgian born youngster with an Kosovan Albanian origin.

2. A left-footed floater in the midfield, the 18-year-old was scouted by Man United from Anderlechts academy in 2011. United beat Barcelona in the race to sign this youngster for just £297,000.

3. Born on Feb 5, Adnan shares his birthday with Carlos Tevez, Neymar and former United No.7 Cristiano Ronaldo.

4. Adnan Januzaj was also awarded with Reserves Player of the Season at the end of last season.

5.  “Adnan is a beautifully balanced player. He’s only 18 and still to grow into his frame. But he has good balance, good acceleration and he’s a very good technical player.” – Sir Alex

6. Sir Alex recently rewarded him a first team jersey (No.44) as he made an appearance on the bench for the manager’s last ever EPL game against West Brom. Moyes on the other hand has already hinted the Belgian’s inclusion in the plans for the upcoming season.

7. He played a stellar role in the final against Tottenham Hotspur helping them come from 2 goals behind to seal the Reserves Premier League title 2012-13.

8. His free-kick remains to be one of his best assets on the football field. Although, he wants to be known as a creative spark that can change a game single-handedly.

9. Moyes is rumoured to have tabled a new long-term deal for Adnan that could avoid another Pogba-esque exit.

10. Januzaj was trending worldwide on twitter for the 90 minutes during United’s first pre-season game against Singha All-Stars XI. That’s some evidence of his impact on the game!

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Manchester United win against Crystal Palace

Manchester United encountered no troubles whatsoever in seeing off Crystal Palace 2-0 at Old Trafford, courtesy of goals from Robin Van Persie and Rooney.

Despite starting the game on a high tempo, with Carrick going very close to scoring in as early as the third minute of the game, the Red Devils were kept in bay, unable to beat some resolute defending from Crystal Palace.

The deadlock was finally broken in the 45th minute as Ashley Young, who was earlier booked for attempting an exaggerated dive in the penalty area, earned a penalty for his team, after being brought down from behind by Kagisho Dikgacoi, a challenge for which he was shown a red card.

Robin Van Persie converted the resulting penalty kick to give his team a goal advantage going into the break. Though the visitors were defensively excellent, they had nothing to offer going forward. Dwight Gayle could not do much with their only chance of any worth in the first half.

As the second half resumed, the 10-men Crystal Palace were reduced to damage control mode. Anderson was substituted in the 63rd minute for the much-awaited introduction of Fellaini while Adnan Januzaj replaced Ashley Young.

Fellaini made his presence felt immediately with a dipping shot on the goal which the Palace keeper Speroni managed to save as he made a low dive.

In the 80th minute, Adlene Guedioura fouled Januzaj to give the home team a free-kick from 25 yards, which was converted by Wayne Rooney, who curled his effort over the wall and into Speroni’s bottom right corner as the game ended 2-0.

-by sportskeda

United to Seal Rooney Deal

Reports have claimed Manchester United are hoping to tie down Wayne Rooney to a brand new contract at Old Trafford.

Rooney’s present deal expires in June 2015 — he will turn 30 in October that year — and United are set to propose a lengthy contract extension to ward off continuing interest from Chelsea.

They will not want Rooney to go into the final year of his current deal although it is understood that Chelsea have indicated they will bid again if he does so.

However United will not rush into negotiations because they want the furore over the summer — when Rooney pushed for a move to Stamford Bridge and was clearly unhappy — to settle down. (The Telegraph)

Rooney is world-class and if he doesn’t sign a new contract then United best have a good replacement in mind as he will leave a massive space in the squad

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When Steyn Wasn’t Worthy

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Kevin Pietersen at Headingley 2012

Every so often in cricket there comes a bowler that appears untouchable. It is not through talent or training – it is an intangible aura. Dale Steyn has it. He imposes himself on batsmen, so much that when you consider his prodigious ability to control the ball, it becomes impossible to believe that he could be beaten comprehensively – yet it happened at the hands of Kevin Pietersen.

It was an unstable time for the adopted Englishman. South Africa led 1-0 entering the second test at Headingley. Earlier in 2012 Pietersen had blazed to a magnificent 151 against Sri Lanka filled with improvisation and enterprise, but his past heroics were long forgotten. There were mocking parody tweets flying around that he suspected were masterminded by teammates. There were text messages concerning tactics that he’d sent to opposition players. There was a growing sense of distrust between the players in the…

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FEDERER: ONCE INVINCIBLE, NOW A MORTAL

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED AT: http://manipalblog.com/2013/09/07/roger-federer-once-invincible-now-a-mortal/

Not long back, there was a time when he would smash and stun the crowd into a split second silence before it burst into thunderous applause. Winning title after title, he was the undisputed king of tennis. His game built on grace and indomitable confidence, he could masterfully play every shot in the book without effort, beating opponents with utmost ease and comfort.

But in no time, the once unconquerable territory of Federer has come crashing down. Blame it on his age, or the rise of the likes of Nadal and Djokovic; Federer, who was once hailed as the greatest player of all time and the God of tennis, now appears as a mere mortal and his eternal qualities look more fragile than ever.

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Growing up a man accustomed to adulation, rather than brickbats, defeat is becoming increasingly difficult to swallow. And after his ‘humiliating’ defeat in the fourth round of the US Open 2013, many have wondered if this is truly the end of an era for Roger Federer. With the defeat to Tommy Robredo, fans and journalists alike have been left gobsmacked and wondering if he will ever be top dog again and achieve that 18th grand slam.

Without doubt, 2013 has been a year to forget for Federer, and his performances have propelled the critics and media to write obituaries for the Federer-dominated era in tennis. After making it to the semis and quarters of the Australian Open and French Open respectively, his biggest upset came when he exited in the second round of Wimbeldon, an arena where he once was the invincible warrior clad in pristine white..

The Wimbledon loss was a big blow for the Swiss Legend, as it came at a place where he once used to showcase his invincibility. It was here that Roger Federer announced the change of guard in tennis, stunning a champion in Sampras in early 2000, and the court where he picked his first grand slam in 2003, thus starting the genius’ obsessive habit of  winning, which lasted till he won 7 more grand slams on grass.

With not many tournaments coming up this year, and a world ranking of 7, which is expected to go down further after the US open exit, the road ahead for Federer looks difficult. So the big question remains on the minds of all Fed-Ex fans. Will King Roger be able to recapture all his lost and former glory, vanquishing all his foes with a performance worthy of many more grand slams? Or is it the end?

Only time will tell if Federer’s recent dip in form is just a blip or is a terminal decline of a once great champion. Whatever the future holds,  the presence of such a champion in the tennis court itself will be a sight to celebrate.