Novak Djokovic played spoilsport at the 2011 Australian Open annexing his second major after a dry spell of three years.
Sportswriters were forced to scramble to change the headlines they had imagined citing either a Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer triumph. They had to reinvent their catch-phrases.(Damn you, Djokovic!)
The Serb’s victory was welcomed as the emergence of the Third Force.
The fallout was swift. In a rush to hail the rise of the young brigade, ‘tennis pundits’ were quick to pronounce death sentence on the Federer- Nadal rivalry.
It may soon be a case of the doomsayers having to eat their words all over again.
However, they are not totally wrong.
I have shied away from tackling the Greatest Of All Time (GOAT) debate for some time because:
1> I think it’s been done to death.
2> It’s gotten to be tiresome; there’s little new under the sun to be said about the great Federer – Nadal rivalry.
3> It’s the season end and just as the players will be taking a well-deserved break , so should B/R writers take a rest from this acrimonious topic.
4> I feel the other players deserve some space and time devoted to them.
But since there seems to be no abatement of interest in the subject , I will have another dekko at the risk of seeming repetitive.