Week 28: Heroes – Novak Djokovic & Roger Federer

by Charlie_East_West on July 12, 2015


This week’s hero (or heroes) award goes to Novak Djokovic for winning his third Wimbledon title and to Roger Federer for reminding everyone once again that he is an absolute genius at playing tennis.

The Hero/Prat/Villain judging committee were going to give this award to Roger Federer after he produced one of the all time great Wimbledon performances in defeating Andy Murray in the semi final, but hats off to Novak Djokovic, he produced yet another defiantly brilliant performance to dash the hopes of Federer and millions of tennis romantics who had hoped for one final Wimbledon triumph from the old swashbuckling Wilson racquet wielding tennis master.

Tennis fans are completely spoilt at present. Over the past decade, Djokovic, Federer and Nadal have produced some of the finest displays of tennis ever witnessed. Almost every match between these three titans has been of classic status. We are probably witnessing the three greatest tennis players of all time.

A special mention must also be given to Andy Murray. The fact that he has won two Grand Slams and the Olympic title within the dominant era of Djokovic/Federer/Nadal is a borderline miracle. Already in his career, Murray has probably overachieved.

Sadly for Murray however, he was probably born at the wrong time. At various stages over the past ten years, he has run into either Federer, Nadal or more recently, Djokovic, to consistently provide a roadblock to his Grand Slam ambitions.

Today’s final was yet another example of this golden era of tennis. Federer’s magical gracefulness verses Djokovic’s ruthless consistency. The first three sets were mind boggling in terms of quality. In the end however, Djokovic’s ability to consistently turn extreme defence into aggressive attack proved too much for Federer. Considering Federer’s age, Nadal’s physical demise and Andy Murray’s troublesome second serve – God only knows how many Grand Slams Djokovic will hoover up over the next 2-3 years. In fact, I predict that by the time the dust finally settles on all their careers – Federer, Nadal and Djokovic will be at the 1-2-3 in the all time list of Grand Slam winners.

We are blessed to live in an age of magnificent tennis players. We should celebrate them all right now. We will miss them all when they have gone.

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