July 10, 2006

Wimbledon - Final News Update

Federer did win his 4th consecutive Wimbledon, extending his winning streak on grass and proving it that he is indeed one of the most talented tennis players ever - the last time he lost on grass was at Wimbledon in 2002, when he shockingly lost to 18-year old qualifier Mario Ancic in the 1st round. Incidentally, Federer beat Ancic this year 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 in the quarters. His domination in men's tennis over the past few years, losses on clay to Nadal notwithstanding, has even Connors praising him as being 'as unflappable as Borg'. That said, Nadal did give Federer a good fight on grass and is by no means a clay court specialist, like Spaniards before him or his own record coming into this year. Little wonder then that Federer's coach, Tony Roche, says Federer has a rival to be relished, Michael Stich thinks that though Nadal lost, he still has the edge and Nadal himself feels confident that he will beat Federer on grass

All good news for tennis fans like me... some competition in men's tennis will be great though lately the sheer grace and effortless poetry with which Federer plays has been fun enough despite not much of a fight put up by most of his opponents.

Amelie Mauresmo becomes the first French woman in 81 years (since Suzanne Lenglen in 1925) to win Wimbledon., thereby winning her 2nd Grand Slam title this year.

Mauresmo finally adds inner steel to her mettle
French heroine shuns the Lenglen brandy tonic but finds true bottle

Martina Navratilova said yesterday that she was angry only a handful of spectators watched her say a final goodbye to Wimbledon last week.

1981 - After 5 in a row for Borg, McEnroe roars to unlikely title

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