Fedal: A battle of old war horses

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Saurabh Kumar Jha, MBA 2016-18, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur
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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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Roger Federer-Epitome of grit and determination

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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.

New Year’s Shame

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.


What happened in Bengaluru on this New Year’s Eve celebration is not something new. A similar incident had happened in Mumbai in 2008 which had ignited a huge backlash from the media and public. But how much have we learnt from these incidents is something we need to ask ourselves. It is common these days to come across news of women being groped or molested in public or being raped in a moving van in daylight. As if these incidents themselves are not enough to make us feel ashamed of ourselves the comments made by those in power forces us to ponder if we are truly living in a civilized society.

The worst part is people making such comments do not come from one single political party but almost each one of them have members who hold similar views and it gives an impression that they are trying to justify these incidents by questioning what is acceptable when it comes to what a woman should or should not wear and when and where she is allowed to go. It only adds fuel to those sick minds who have somehow been born and brought up in a culture which makes them feel they are superior to women and that they have every right to do whatever they feel is justified when it comes to ensure that their version of Indian culture remains preserved. As long as we have these people who can voice such opinions openly in media these incidents will continue to happen.

Truth is that it is not what someone is wearing or what time she is going out of her house or who she is going out with is the cause of these incidents but it is the audacity of the perpetrators of these heinous crimes who think they can do something and get away with it because someone is power shares similar views as them. One of the accused in Nirbhaya incident had said in an interview that they were teaching her a lesson because she was roaming around at night. Perhaps, someone needs to teach them that the Indian culture has always been one where the women have been given utmost respect and they have every right to live in a manner they decide to choose. And it is only when those with large audience act responsibly and openly condemn these incidents and not try and justify it and back it with laws which would ensure people are unable to get away with such crimes that we can expect these incidents to stop.