Fedal: A battle of old war horses

The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events and/ or publicly available information. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.

Saurabh Kumar Jha, MBA 2016-18, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur

Fedal popularly known as Roger federer and Rafael Nadal. Roger is called as the greatest Tennis player of all time whereas Rafael Nadal is known as greatest clay court player of all time. Together they have won 32 grand slam titles. As far as their rivalry is concerned they have played 35 matches and 19 of the games have decided big finals. This was a highly anticipated grand slam final as Aus open title was on line and history was about to welcome the modern tennis greats.

Everybody knew that Roger was destined to break the all time record of Pete Sampras. Eventually the results were in favour of Roger and he was able to defeat Rafa but the game reach the anticipated height. The well fought battle between the two legends with many nerve wrecking moments lately swung in favour of Roger with score line 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3.

But everything is not about result, it is not about Tennis: it is about the game as a whole. It is about Two old war horses with mutual admiration for each other and their class trying to better each other on many occasions in past. It is not about supporting one guy over the other. This is all about supporting a player. Despite Federer turning 36 this year and Nadal 31, and as both took several months off last year to recover from injury, fans may see few more clash between the sport’s greatest and most popular male players.


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