Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Passing on the Torch

Rafael Nadal has finally closed out the chapter of the once invincible Roger Federer in men's tennis. After all, Rafa has been the number one-in-training for the past three years. His 2008 season has just been amazing. From quite a slow start (Novak Djokovic, the one we thought would replace Roger, almost took the number two ranking from him), Rafa was invncible. Starting from Hamburg up to Beijing last week.
Eight titles in a few months time is no easy feat. Add to that the fact that Roger Federer was not being himself, it was just a matter of time before Rafa would take over Roger's ranking. I believe Nadal's historic win over Roger on Wimbledon was the formal transfer of the tennis top ranking. None of my fellow Roger Federer die-hards reacted negatively to what happened. We all know that time will come that Roger will eventually lose and someone will take over the top spot. Rafael is really the most deserving heir. Who else? Novak, Andy, Juan Carlos, Carlos, Marat and Lleyton are the only former champions left. But all of them still paled in comparison to both Federer and Nadal. Although I'm still confident and hopeful that Roger will still win a French Open one day and will surpass Sampras' record 14 grand slam titles. If Roger can't be number one forever, so does Rafa's reign on the Parisian hardcourts!

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