All’s fine in the King’s world…
So, Federer wins again. I was at a friend’s place when he lost the first set, and for one brief moment, a flicker of a doubt wormed it’s way in. 6-5 in the second set, 0-40 on the Baghdatis serve, and in the next minute, the match just turned on its head, as Federer suddenly remembered that he could volley too, and didn’t have to mix it from the baseline, with the cool dude from Cyprus. As simple as that. What can you say about a man for whom all adjectives have been extinguished?
On the other hand, I have to agree with what Wilander had to say about the competetion being served up. “Can you imagine McEnroe, Connors or Becker not getting into his head?”. No Sir, I can’t. And that’s the problem with the current lot. Barring Hewitt and Nadal, everyone’s just way too nice. Respectful, even. Unfortunately, Hewitt just falls short of the necessary ammunition, despite his much improved serve.
Only two guys out there who can take it to Federer. Nadal and Safin. There’s Nalbandian too, but till he improves his serve (Speaking of serves, what in heavens has gone wrong with Coria’s serve!), I don’t give him too much of a chance. There’s Ljubicic too, but I think he’s still not quite mentally ready yet. And as far as Nadal and Safin go, only Safin can take it to Federer, when Federer is at his very best. And as we all know, a fit Safin is something close to an oxymoron. That leaves the king of clay, Nadal. I am inclined to think after the great highs of the previous year (which I am proud to say, I had predicted in 2004), he is due for a fall.
So where does that leave us? Nowhere in particular, I am afraid. 🙂 There is one way though, and that is, a dip in Federer’s standards. To a degree, I think that’s already happened. He makes a touch too many unforced errors and his serve has lost some of it’s earlier potency. The scary thing is he still wins!!
Well, I am not too distressed. While I like competition, I like perfection even more. Viva Federer.