And so am I.
If there was one and only one thing that could have brought me back to blogging, it just had to be Roger Federer! Thats how much I am passionate about the greatest champion in tennis history. That’s how fanatic an aficionado I am. To the extent that I did not watch the match just so that I don’t bring any bad luck to him!
Last night, he clinched his 14th career Grand Slam title, the French Open, and in the process has laid to rest any arguments whatsoever on who is the greatest player ever to pick up a tennis racket. He is.
Only 5 other men in history have managed to win all 4 Grand Slams in a career. He is now tied with Pete Sampras with the highest number of Grand Slam titles (14). The only man to reach 20 consecutive finals. He was the world number 1 for the highest number of weeks (247), highest career prize money ($48M+) ….
Federer holds virtually all possible records in Tennis. There hasn’t been a greater champion in history. And with the French Open title, he has immortalized himself.
And he is not just a great champion but a great human being. As gracious as he is on the court, he’s even better off it.
Married his girl friend of 9 years this April (someone he knew much before all the fame & success), lined up to be a dad in a few months, is not ashamed of crying in public (win or loose), always dressed appropriately (actually perfectly), is humble, humorous and courteous with the press and public alike, endorses the right products, is part of many humanitarian projects….I can go on and on..
Bottom line: A perfect champion. A perfect role model. And he is just 27.
That’s how old I am. Exactly as tall as me and weighs almost the same.
He is what I would have wanted myself to be. Somewhere between him and me, every time he wins, its a victory for me. If there was one person I would have wanted to emulate, it would be him.
To Roger Federer. The greatest ever.
Here are my other posts on Federer: