Friday, 8 July 2016

Long live the legend of Federer

On 3 July Lionel Ritchie was performing one of his rare solo concerts at the O2 arena in London. And Ritchie, the performer that he is, started off the concert saying, "If you see the person you love with someone else and feel very hurt and depressed, all you do is go home and switch on your music system.Put on your CD. Your cassette and call on Lionel Ritchie". The thunderous applause showed he was right. Only there were a few thousand at the O2.There are many more thousand around the world who do the same to their television sets every time Roger Federer plays. Every point won by Federer is celebrated as an act of bonding, a moment of triumph that lifts peoples across the world.And again against Marin Cilic on Wednesday it was no different. Only, it was extra special with Federer pulling off a miracle from two sets to love down and 0-40 down on serve in the third set.
It was as if Wimbledon did not want Roger to loose, his fans were determined he wins and the tennis gods had decided to conspire against Cilic at the right time. By the end of it all, it was a Roger Federer show that made SW19 come alive for the umpteenth time.
When the almost invincible Novak Djokovic was downed by Sam Querrey the common refrain at SW19 was can Federer take advantage of the draw and win that coveted 18th Slam. It was as if people weren't disappointed for Novak.