French Open 2011, News, sports, Stories, Tennis

French Open 2011: Can Roger Federer and Li Na overcome?


Roger Federer against Juan Martín del Potro in...

He did it.

Roger Federer is through to his first major final since the 2010 Australian Open.

He was written off. Yet he bounced back.

Novak Djokovic can console himself that he almost took the match into the final set. It says a lot for the progress he has made in the past six months. His confidence has skyrocketed and setbacks are to be met with unequivocal defiance.

Federer may not have captured a Slam in over a year but he was unlikely to let a 2-0 lead in a Grand Slam semi-final go to waste. The writing was on the wall. The Djoker delayed the inevitable—splendidly.

Rafael Nadal will count himself fortunate to be gifted such a wonderful birthday gift.

Before Federer fans rush off into paeans of praise, let’s remind them that a few months ago, a victory over Djokovic was par for the course.

Fedal loyalists have probably suffered nightmares in the past five months over a Serbian upstart blitzing his way to an unbeaten run, unparalleled since John McEnroe’s 42 in 1984.

Order is surely restored.

Superstitionists will point to Novak’s decision to hit balls with John McEnroe on the eve of Friday’s match. The American’s streak ended against Ivan Lendl in the French Open final.They will also wonder if the walkover from Fabio Fognini was an omen.

“A swallow does not make a summer” and there is still work to be done.

It is more than creditable that Federer makes his first final in five Slams at the French Open . It is bloody marvellous. It advertises the consistency of the man on all surfaces. On his least successful plane,he chose to broadcast  a statement of intent for the rest of the year.

Gone was the lethargy of the clay court season, gone was the hang-dog look. Federer knows that he belongs at the Slams. He is cognizant of the pressures—he’s been there before, done that.

Nadal fans are grateful that their hero faces Roger—not Novak—in yet another timeless match-up. The Mallorcan is considered Bjorn Borg’s rightful successor on the red courts. Destiny dictates that he emulate Borg’s record of six Roland Garros titles.

Li Na faces off against Francesca Schiavone in the women’s final. Much has been made of her 1.3 billion Chinese supporters. But there will only be a smattering of Chinese fans in the stadium on Saturday, the 4th of June, 2011.

At the Australian Open, it was Li who snapped at her fans for telling her how to play. Can the Wuhan native keep her cool and become the first Asian player ever to clinch a major singles title?

Francesca Schiavone will do her best to prevent that.


Quote of the day:There is always more misery among the lower classes than there is humanity in the higher. – Victor Hugo

Related articles

About LINUS FERNANDES

I have been an IT professional with over 12 years professional experience. I'm an B.Sc. in Statistics, M.Sc in Computer Science (University of Mumbai) and an MBA from the Cyprus International Institute of Management. I'm also a finance student and have completed levels I and II of the CFA course. Blogging is a part-time vocation until I land a full-time position. I am also the author of three books, Those Glory Days: Cricket World Cup 2011, Best of Googli Hoogli and Poems: An Anthology, all available on Amazon Worldwide.

Discussion

Comments are closed.

Blog Stats

  • 68,384 hits

Make Time For Sports

RSS Sports, Health and Exercise

  • How to (Finally) Run More Consistently | Competitor.com February 6, 2016
    It’s critical to build the small habits that make consistency far easier to attain.See it on Scoop.it, via Sports, Health and Exercise
    Linus J Fernandes
  • Dare To Run: Crows and Seagulls February 4, 2016
    See it on Scoop.it, via Sports, Health and Exercise
    Linus J Fernandes
  • Stolen base - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia February 4, 2016
    See it on Scoop.it, via Sports, Health and Exercise
    Linus J Fernandes
  • An evening with Gower February 4, 2016
    Talking captaincy, elegance and the playing of spin with the great England stylistSee it on Scoop.it, via Sports, Health and Exercise
    Linus J Fernandes
  • The real Jadeja February 2, 2016
    Behind "Rock star" and "Sir Ravindra Jadeja" is a loyal young man who has made the most of life's hard knocksSee it on Scoop.it, via Sports, Health and Exercise
    Linus J Fernandes
  • Are Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma calling it quits? February 2, 2016
    Are Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma calling it quits? Virat Kohli was named the top ICC T20I batsman on Monday for his consecutive half-centuries against AustraliaSee it on Scoop.it, via Sports, Health and Exercise
    Linus J Fernandes
  • Cycling Has Moved From Actual Doping to 'Mechanical Doping' February 2, 2016
    After a century of pumping themselves full of all sorts of performance-enhancing (and other!) drugs, it appears that at least one pro cyclist has found an easier way to cheat: hiding a motor inside the bicycle frame.See it on Scoop.it, via Sports, Health and Exercise
    Linus J Fernandes
  • Here's how to beat Novak Djokovic — if anyone actually can February 1, 2016
    Novak Djokovic might be playing the best tennis the world has ever seen at the moment. How do you beat the six-time Australian Open champion? And who has the tools to do it?See it on Scoop.it, via Sports, Health and Exercise
    Linus J Fernandes
  • Federer, Nadal and the one who defied us all February 1, 2016
    Tennis: It takes two to tango, as they say, and only two. Three's a crowd and if you're it, don't expect anything except the cold shoulder and a nod to the door. ISee it on Scoop.it, via Sports, Health and Exercise
    Linus J Fernandes
  • Is Shane Watson Australia's greatest ever captain? February 1, 2016
    Cricket: Is Shane Watson Australia's greatest ever captain? After his brilliant all-round, man of the match performance in the third and final T20 international agaSee it on Scoop.it, via Sports, Health and Exercise
    Linus J Fernandes
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 466 other followers

%d bloggers like this: