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Old 7th July 2008, 12:06   #1
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I am creating this thread for all Lawn Tennis fans and players.

I don't know how many you watched the Wimbledon final yesterday between Nadal and Federer but those who did not - You guys missed something really special.

What a match - Nadal goes 2-0 up and when all seemed lost Federer came back with 2 tie-breaker wins in the 3rd and 4th set. And in the 5th - it was a see-saw battle till IMO Federer lost it in his mind. 4.5 hours of awesome tennis, the match was interrupted twice with rain delays and finally ended close to 2 am IST. But it was well worth it.

The 4th set was simply mind blowing with the quality of play shown by both.

I am glad I stayed glued to Wimbledon and not the Asia Cup.

btw - this Nadal guy is turning out to be a super player. I really did not expect him to reach 3 consecutive Wimbledon finals but I think the era of serve and volley players is slowly dying out.

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I too was watching the finals of the Wimbledon rather than suffering from heart burn by watching the Indian Cricket team loose once again and I am glad I did! It surely was the best Wimbledon finals ever. 4 hours 48 minutes of unadulterated pleasure with 2 rain delays. What else could some ask for? I think now its Nadal's turn and Federer will go into a decline.
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Great year for Spain, Soccer, now Tennis.

Also, It also marked the first time that a player won both the French Open and Wimbledon back to back since Bjorn Borg in 1980
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Same here. But went to sleep during the rain interruption in the last set because of the following two reasons:
1 - I was sleepy
2- Had this superstition that Nadal will lose if I keep watching so better not to watch.

Way to go Nadal. Wanted FedEx to lose. I also don't like players that are too proud of and show off their achievements. The guy has the Wimbledon trophy pic (along with the number 5 ) on his shoes, wristband and the kit etc. As Alan Wilkins said yesterday, nobody owns the center court and I am glad Fedex was taught this lesson.
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Bjorn Borg had predicted a Nadal win this year and thats what happened; great going for Spain.
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The wimbledon final was one of the best ever played.
Both guys tried their best.
But in the end , Rafa Deserved It.

3 Cheers for Rafa.
Hip Hip , Hurray
Hip Hip , Hurray
Hip Hip , Hurraayyyyyy

(P.S. I am a fan of Raphael Nadal)
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This was quite simply the single most enthralling game of tennis I have ever seen! I am so glad I stopped watching the Boys in Blue getting mauled once again and switched to tennis

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I think now its Nadal's turn and Federer will go into a decline.
On the contrary, I think after years of ruling the big stage and only Roddick threatening once in a while, this is just the motivation Federer needed to raise his game even more.
Every once in a while a rivalry comes up in tennis which makes both the opponents raise their games further, because of each other.
Recall Bjorn Bjorg-McEnroe, Stefan Edberg- Boris Becker, Sampras-Agassi. My prediction is, that this rivalry will surely be counted as one of the best ever, counted among those mentioned above
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It surely was the best Wimbledon finals ever.
I think the Andre Agassi - Goran final in 1992 (IIRC) was the best I have watched. The best server v/s the best returner.

Oh God - 5 sets of pure bliss that was. The serves, the returns, the passes, the ground strokes and 2 of most enigmatic and charismatic players clashing. That was one hell of a final.
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I think the Andre Agassi - Goran final in 1992 (IIRC) was the best I have watched. The best server v/s the best returner.
My list of best finals:

1 - Goran Ivanesivic Vs Pat Rafter 2001. Not great in terms of the quality but my most memorable tennis match for the result it produced. Almost cried with joy.

2- Goran Vs Aggasi. 1992 I was 12 yrs old and obviously supported the blonde with long hair and a pretty girl.

3- Yesterday. Because Fedex was taught a lesson.

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No one seems to be sad for Federer's loss here ! It was a great match up and hope to see how Nadal will fare in the U.S open.
Federer is for me the greatest player I have ever watched. The shots he plays are unbelievable.
Hope these two will give us some more memorable matches.
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Nadal is emerging as the greatest tennis player of all times. It used to be said He has "feet of Clay", but now we know he can get high on grass too!
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I was an ardant Goran fan and followed tennis religiously until he retired. I adore him for the power he generates in his serves. Also he holds the record of a wildcard winning the wimbledon.
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Nadal is emerging as the greatest tennis player of all times. It used to be said He has "feet of Clay", but now we know he can get high on grass too!
Greatest player of all will take some doing. But yes, he is definitely a prospect and needs to keep his head and fitness.

Sampras is the best I have seen, his forte being his all round expertise.
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glad Nadal won yesterday
he deserved that win

also like Federer a lot - excellent temperament and a complete gentleman
but as they say - may the best man win!
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I think the Andre Agassi - Goran final in 1992 (IIRC) was the best I have watched. The best server v/s the best returner.

Oh God - 5 sets of pure bliss that was. The serves, the returns, the passes, the ground strokes and 2 of most enigmatic and charismatic players clashing. That was one hell of a final.
I second N_C. That must be the greatest final ever. And if I remember correctly, Agassi' future wife Steffi Graf also won that year, beating Seles.

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