Roger Federer-Epitome of grit and determination

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 Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced.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.


 

The last time Federer and Nadal had played in a Grand slam final it was in 2011 French open when the spaniard had got the better of the Swiss Maestro. Not many would
have ever thought in the best of their dreams that these two greats would once again meet in a Grand slam finals; especially after both of them have had a string of
injuries which kept them out of the game for a very long period of time. Federer was playing in his first major tournament in the last six months and that just makes
this win even more memorable. The last time the Swiss had won a grand slam was in 2012 when he had won against Andy murray to win his 7th Wimbledon title. But since
then he came second thirce in his efforts to win his 18th Grand slam title.

Arguably one of the greatest if not the greatest player in Tennis history Federer has always been known to be gritty and even in past has come up against odds to win
titles. Federer’s biggest nemesis Nadal had had his number on three occassions in the French open before the Swiss managed to win his first French open title in 2009
when many had declared that as long as Nadal is playing Federer will never win the French open. Age was always going to catch up with Federer and many had written him
off after young guns like Djokovic and Murray where regularly making it to the finals of the Grand Slams but Federed managed to keep himslef fit and reached three
grand slam finals after winning his 17th Grand slam title but lost on all three occassions and so there were doubts about whethere he would able to add to his tally
and so to win his 18th title although might seem surprising at first but if someone has followed his career then they would have expected the Swiss maestro would manage to win.

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