-U.S. Open :2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
-Australian Open :2004, 2006, 2007
-Wimbledon :2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
-Roland Garros :Finals 2006, 2007, 2008
-Tournaments Won : 57 singles, 8 doubles
It was during Wimbledon 2003 . 7 times champion Pete Sampras against the new sensation Roger Federer . The match was a classic 5 setter and in the end , Federer saw the better of Pete and took away the match . Since then I have supported Fedex in every game of his . He has been the perfect athlete , the king of tennis , world no. 1 for continous 237 weeks , 13 grand slams under his belt and last but not the least , my role model .
A loss of Indian team in a cricket team doesn’t disappoint me so much as one of the Federer’s defeat in a tennis match . Arguably the best player ever to have stepped upon the grass court . His fantastic range of shots , the powerful serve , masterful forehand and not to forget his one handed graceful backhand , makes him a delight to watch in a tennis match .
I am a die hard fan of the Swiss Symphony and just can’t bear his defeat . When he cried after his defeat at the Australian Open this year , I could not help switching off the TV . He would have been at par with Sampras’ recored had he conquered Rafae in the final . But it was not to be . Once again , he lost to the Spaniard in a 5 setter in another grand slam Final . Rafael Nadal has been his nightmare . He has replaced the king from the top but that by no means suggests that he is better than Federer . Dhoni may be no. 1 in rankings but he is no match for Sachin . Same goes in the case of Roger and Rafael .
The signs are obvious that Federer era is almost over . This Roland Garros might be his last chance to complete his dream of a perfect slam . He might win it , or he might end his career without it (like Sampras ) . But undoubtedly he has been a great champion and whatever people may suggest , I have found him very humble and polite by nature . A perfect gentleman and a perfect sportsman . Wishing him best of luck for his shot at French Open and his 14th grand slam crown .Good luck King !!!