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Sunday, 29 January 2017

Roger that

A game of equals or do numbers say a different story . Two champs who have vastly different approaches to their games . The man who could have been a ballet dancer in another life .. you can roger that . Roger Federer in full flow is poetry in motion . He looks like he has all the time in the world to play his ground strokes all across the court whilst the gent at the other end looks like a man who was born to fight and retrieve anything which comes his way . Good , bad or ugly it doesn't matter .

Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal have had an injury ridden backstory  and when it matters the most ... they bring their A game to the court. Today was quite a super Sunday . The champs hitting their straps early , displaying supreme levels of fitness winning two sets a piece getting into autopilot mode in the fifth set giving the sporting Melbourne populace their dollars worth .

Both the champs played with a take no prisoner nonchalance delivering winners from any angle possible . Federer playing the ball early never having a bad hair day whilst Rafa is all rough power maximising his defensive game to the T. Nadal powers through to take a two games to love lead against the champ whose down the line and cross court backhand from Anywhere on the court Is a piece of art .

In five setters Rafa is a fortress he will retrieve ,retrieve and retrieve till the opponent just gives up .This game is like a match up between a rolls Royce and a raging bull and man do they mean business or what . High risk tennis at its best . Both the players bruising each other mentally with the angles on their shots . Nadal is all brute power whilst Federer is grace personified .

Federer for the first time in three and a half hours coming to the net with the score tied on 3-3 delivering a winner to take a 4-3 lead making tennis great rod laver look on approvingly. Roger Federer breaks Nadal on his serve taking his game into auto pilot mode serving for the championship at 5-3 .Federer brings out the aces when it matters the most winning the championship in a five setter which will be written in the annals of history as a battle of greats with hawkeye deciding the final
Point . This was a slugfest between two champions giving their best on the big stage playing a game which is meant for the gods