Tag: Australian Open

The Times of Roger Federer
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The Times of Roger Federer

Tick-tock. Tick-tock. Frozen and flowing, went the clock. With the wave of a wand did she stop. A youthful face stood at the top. Voices of ecstasy broke the chill of silence. Heartbeats were restored. Smiles of happiness made way for tears of joy. What began under the Sun, ended under the stars. The world...

Rafael Nadal and the return of his mental prowess
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Rafael Nadal and the return of his mental prowess

“If I’m not playing aggressive, then I’m dead.” – Rafael Nadal quoted in an interview once and this could not be truer considering how he has been playing since the start of the tournament. Rafael Nadal has been hitting it out all across the court also exhibiting his banana shots and the much-feared topspin back. Having...

Slaying the slayer: Roger Federer vs Mischa Zverev
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Slaying the slayer: Roger Federer vs Mischa Zverev

Swiss Maestro Roger Federer is through to his 41st semifinal at the 2017 Australian Open, sweeping aside the giant killer Mischa Zverev 6-1, 7-5, 6-2 in just over 90 minutes. As It Happened In the first night-session match on Day 9 at the Rod Laver Arena, Roger Federer, playing in his 13th quarterfinal in Melbourne,...

Turning Back The Clock: Mischa Zverev
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Turning Back The Clock: Mischa Zverev

When the chair umpire says, “Game, set, match, Zverev”, one would most definitely believe it to be Alexander, the teen prodigy who’s been causing a lot of hype on tour for the last two years, except from now on, they’ll have to see the scorecard to see which of the two brothers wreaked havoc. Mischa...

How Roger Federer set the ball rolling
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How Roger Federer set the ball rolling

There was an unusual sense of uncertainty surrounding Roger Federer heading into Australian Open 2017. He’d been missing from competition for six months in the second half of last year. He didn’t play a tour-level event before arriving in the beautiful city of Melbourne. First two matches of the tournament, he was all scrappy and scratchy...

Battle of the Generations : Nadal vs Zverev
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Battle of the Generations : Nadal vs Zverev

Interest was at full peak for the highly awaited third round clash between Spanish legend Rafael Nadal and arguably ATP’s biggest teen sensation, Alexander Zverev. And boy did they deliver! Zverev, better known as ‘Sascha’, put on an exhibition of prodigal shotmaking coupled with amazing mental fortitude. And, Nadal, on the other hand, answered his...

Approaching the Australian Open 2017: Draw Analysis
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Approaching the Australian Open 2017: Draw Analysis

How will Andy Murray approach his first major since becoming the recently knighted world number one? How will longtime favorite Novak Djokovic approach the tournament chasing a record seventh title? How will Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal build their campaign to chase history? And how will the recent shifting of guard affect the tournament –...

Dethroning The Goliath: Andy Murray Special
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Dethroning The Goliath: Andy Murray Special

When a player has huge potential and reaches a Grand Slam final at the raw age of 21 years, it is believed that he’ll go all the way, break and make a few records, be a number 1 for some time. Or, what can happen is quite the dramatic plot of a Hollywood movie where...

When Roger Federer takes on Rafael Nadal
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When Roger Federer takes on Rafael Nadal

With Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal making progress in the recently concluded Rome Masters, I was expecting and praying for a FEDAL clash. I was day dreaming and I then decided to script my thoughts on one of the most riveting rivalries that the world of tennis has ever encountered – Roger Federer versus Rafael...