Friday, January 25, 2013

Thank You Roger Federer - A Letter to the Champion.

Success is not measured by whether you win, but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds.

You might have lost the Semi Final match today against Andy Murray but won the hearts of millions of viewers around the world. Yes, Andy Murray played well but to me what was heartening was to see your desire and the will power to take this match to 5 sets.

Clearly in the match, Andy was playing better but not once did I see your head dropping down or in other words giving up at any point in the match. You are just six months away from turning 32. Rewind it to 2 years back, and many people had predicted your doom. I can only imagine the intensity you were playing with.  I told myself, “Step back a moment and think about it. Close to 32 and still playing his heart out to win one more point.”

Today I was inspired by the way you played when everything looked gloomy. Your opponent had come out in firing form but still you never lost hope. So many times in our own lives, we lose hope and as soon as we face a setback, we give up on our goals thinking we will not be able to reach our destination. But not you today. You might have not reached your goal but the drive and the intensity is still there. You can see it in the eyes, movement and the spirit with which you played the match.

5-6 down in the fourth set and you could have easily given up considering the way Murray was playing. But then champions don’t do that and in my mind, there is no better a champion than you at present.

Lessons that I learnt from today's match are:
1) Age is just a number.
2) The drive and the intensity is what matters in life.
3) You might not win at first but you learn from your failure and come back stronger.
4) Never lose hope even though the situation might look hopeless.
5) A true champion does not give up in face of adversity.
6) An invincible determination can accomplish almost anything and in this lies the great distinction between great men and little men.

You might have lost but I feel privileged today to be able to watch your match.  What you taught us today will always be one of the precious gifts for a Federer fan. Keep your head up as I know that the champion that you are, you will come back stronger and better in the next GS. Failure can never overtake you because your determination to succeed is stronger and it will be foolish to underestimate the heart of a champion.

Thank You Roger Federer for the wonderful match today.

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  1. So true :) I felt so happy seeing him fight it out this way..

    1. Thanks Alok:). It was just amazing to see his desire and the will power...he might be 31 but he showed to us, it's all about the heart and mind. Age is just a number:)

  2. I agree! He had the heart of a champion today and nothing and nobody can take that away from him!
    Roger showed what he was made of today!
    In the Fourth set,it looked like it was over at 5-6, but not to Roger. He was patient and grabbed his chance when it was there.

    Go Roger! You are #1 in Grand Slams, patience and in my heart!

    1. I was completely mesmerized by the way he came back. The will, the tenacity, the patience, the desire is what makes him Roger Federer.

      Very Well said: "Go Roger! You are #1 in Grand Slams, patience and in our hearts!He had the heart of a champion today and nothing and nobody can take that away from him!
      Roger showed what he was made of today!"

  3. What this heartfelt outpouring fails to mention is the blatant gamesmanship Federer employed at 5-6 in the fourth set. His use of foul language at a fellow professional was a disgusting example to set watching youngsters. And why did he do it? Well all because of the fact that he was about to lose a a grand slam tennis match to a player he has never truly respected.

    Djokovic and Nadal have always been class acts on the court and off it, win or lose. These two champions never fail to give credit to a victorious opponent instead of making lame excuses. They have never tried to belittle an opponent or ever resorted to needling gamesmanship. They truly are class champions.

    1. Sorry, I disagree. There is no player who plays tennis fair and square as much as the fed.Nadal and Djoker are no more class acts than Fed. Nadal's "humble" act is false to the core. His delaying tactics are well known. As for Novak, his shirt tearing act everytime he wins a marathon is pathetic. Will have the classy Fed any day.

    2. you´re wrong. I remember Nadal in a game said the word "sudaca" to Gaudio, that´s a racist insult. And we all remember the Wimbledon match against Rosol. And many people think the Djokovic celebrations are insult too.