Vintage Federer in Wimbledon Final 2012

by Mohan Mali

Roger Federer, earlier.  ©Mohan Mali. (photo not taken at Wimbledon)

This is one time I enjoyed being proven wrong.

Considering the way Federer has played against Djokovic and Nadal in the recent past, I had given Federer no chance of coming through the semifinals of this Wimbledon. I was expecting Djokovic to defeat Federer in 4 close sets.

On the contrary, what millions of tennis fans watched world over on Friday, was vintage Federer at his best.  Silent and calm Federer, had Djokovic, the present world No 1;  huffing, puffing and grunting at the other end.  Apart from some time in the second set, where balls started flying past Federer’s forehand. But in the end Federer served for the match and prevailed, under the roof at  Wimbledon.

The reason I did not choose  Federer over Djokovic is,  in my opinion guys like Nadal and Djokovic are  prepared to get dirty on a tennis court. On the other hand Federer  makes sure the number of strands of hair, over his Nike head band are the same, after every long rally. Except Mirka, no one knows how much time Federer spends in front of the mirror every day. The man is all about style and even more about  substance.

Federer plays Murray on Sunday in The Wimbledon final. Once bitten, I am staying away from making predictions again. Instead, I am looking forward  to watching Federer, the poetry in motion (not my superlative) against Murray, the counter-puncher (again not my description) in the Wimbledon Final on Sunday. Good luck to everyone.