After the last French open, I had written a post wishing for the king of clay to become the king of all surface. https://aydiv.wordpress.com/2008/06/09/the-king-of-roland-garros/ and yesterday the wish was fullfilled. Rafael Nadal has finally won on all surface. Sure, he is still the king of clay, but there is no denying that he has managed to master the lush green of Wimbledon and the hard surface of Melbourne Park.
But the sad part was that Nadal didn’t even get to celebrate the win. Isn’t the presentation ceremony all about the winner? But it looked like it was all about Federer’s loss and not Nadal’s win. Nadal almost looked guilty for winning, the crowd, the presenter and Federer’s over active tear duct made him feel so. Federer should have done more to stop the flow, when Safina could do it why couldn’t he. I am not against men crying in public, but the way Federer was hogging the limelight was wrong. In his post match interview he didn’t even acknowledge the champion. I like watching Roger Federer play, but I have somehow started disliking the person. His dig at Andy and Novak was uncalled for, and he comes out as arrogant in most of his recent interviews.
My post cannot be complete without mentioning Safin. Can someone please play two set of practice match with him before letting him out on the court. He seems to wake up and realise he is playing a competitive game after the 2nd set. And all his talks of retirement is depressing, I stay up all night to catch a glimps of him playing even if its in the first round. If he retires, his fans will never get to see him, more importantly i’ll never get to see him, and that is unacceptable 😦 . Or maybe he’ll make an effort to come and watch Safina play the finals, which would be really sweet.