Federer – The Perfect Champion?

I like tennis.

I genuinely think that it’s one of the best games in the world.  For a while, before it became financially unviable, I was a member of a tennis club and I’d have loved to have been better.

Unfortunately my serve wasn’t up to much.  I think part of this was because, during lessons, I was generally playing against people three times my age (this was a while ago) and I wasn’t good enough to be able to take pace off the serve.  I had to hit it hard all the time and it felt a bit unfair doing that to pensioners.

While I don’t get to play so much anymore, I do still enjoy watching, and one of things I’ve enjoyed the season has been the renaissance of two of the great men’s players – Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.  The pair are turning back the clock after injury, having met in two finals already this final.

In their matches, I’ve been a Rafa fan.  I’ve always appreciated the grit that Nadal has in his game to match the flair.  I enjoy the defensive aspect to how he plays while still being able to pull off some of the most incredible shots.  I liked that Rafa showed emotion, too.  You know how he’s feeling when he plays, and I could get behind that.  It’s the same reason why Ana Ivanovic was one of my favourite female players.

Federer, though, is an altogether different player.  Federer’s game is one of finesse.  He possesses probably the most beautiful single handed backhand in tennis and he glides around a court looking like everything is completely under control.  He seems completely unflappable and has the ability to focus both on court and off nearly instantly.

While it doesn’t help me get behind him, it’s those non-tennis skills that probably make Federer the perfect champion in my book.  He creates the optimum conditions to be able to make the most of his talents.

Yeah, you can be the greatest
You can be the best
You can be the King Kong banging on your chest

You can beat the world
You can beat the war
You can talk to God, go banging on his door

You can throw your hands up
You can beat the clock (yeah)
You can move a mountain
You can break rocks
You can be a master
Don’t wait for luck
Dedicate yourself and you gon’ find yourself

Standing in the hall of fame (yeah)
And the world’s gonna know your name (yeah)
‘Cause you burn with the brightest flame (yeah)
And the world’s gonna know your name (yeah)
And you’ll be on the walls of the hall of fame

You can go the distance
You can run the mile
You can walk straight through hell with a smile

You can be the hero
You can get the gold
Breaking all the records they thought never could be broke

Yeah, do it for your people
Do it for your pride
How are you ever gonna know if you never even try?

Do it for your country
Do it for your name
‘Cause there’s gonna be a day…

When you’re standing in the hall of fame (yeah)
And the world’s gonna know your name (yeah)
‘Cause you burn with the brightest flame (yeah)
And the world’s gonna know your name (yeah)
And you’ll be on the walls of the hall of fame

Be a champion, be a champion, be a champion, be a champion
On the walls of the hall of fame

Be students
Be teachers
Be politicians
Be preachers
(Yeah)

Be believers
Be leaders
Be astronauts
Be champions
Be truth seekers

Be students
Be teachers
Be politicians
Be preachers

Be believers
Be leaders
Be astronauts
Be champions

Standing in the hall of fame (yeah, yeah, yeah)
And the world’s gonna know your name (yeah, yeah, yeah)
‘Cause you burn with the brightest flame (yeah, yeah, yeah)
And the world’s gonna know your name (yeah, yeah, yeah)
And you’ll be on the walls of the hall of fame

(Be a champion)
You could be the greatest
You can be the best
(Be a champion)
You can be the King Kong banging on your chest

(Be a champion)
You could beat the world
You could beat the war
(Be a champion)
You could talk to God, go banging on his door

(Be a champion)
You can throw your hands up
(Be a champion)
You can beat the clock (yeah)
You can move a mountain
(Be a champion)
You can break rocks

(Be a champion)
You can be a master
Don’t wait for luck
(Be a champion)
Dedicate yourself and you gonna find yourself

Hall Of Fame by The Script and Will I Am

Comments 1

  1. Great post. I too am an avid tennis fan and player ( although sidelined at the moment by knee surgery!) I love both Federer and Rafa – true gentlemen of the sport who always give it their all. If only Kyrgios could acquire some of their grace and maturity I would love him too.
    Hewitt I loved for his passion and tenacity and Rafter for his demeanour on court; both champions in my eyes, on and off the court! ( Both contribute greatly to charity)

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