Category Archives: Roger Federer

An Emotional Embrace

I was gutted for Andy Murray when he lost in the 2012 Wimbledon final. During the customary post-match speeches, one could feel the appreciation of the British crowd for Murray, who was always considered as too dour. Being an athlete myself, I found his emotional display heartwarming.

Perhaps no other moment could better signify the newly-minted Olympic Champion’s ascendance into British hearts than Henry Caplan’s memorable hug.

Read: “You’re my hero and you deserve a hug! Schoolboy’s embrace with Olympic champion Andy Murray captures buoyant mood of the nation”

Bromance: Roger and Rafa Giggling in front of the Camera!

Two tennis greats struggle to shoot a promo video for the Roger Federer Foundation. It’s hilarious, to say the least!

Federer: A Modern-day William Tell

Well, not exactly.

While Roger did not shoot an arrow over his son’s head like the mythical Swiss hero, the following trick shot is still amazing!

Got the video from Lance Armstrong’s twitter page. Thanks Lance!

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“If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster, and treat those two impostors just the same.” – Rudyard Kipling

I first encountered Rudyard Kipling’s immortal poem back in college. My track coach had a knack of citing literary classics. Back then, I did not really pay attention to the poem. Even though I’m a man of literature myself, “being a man” – as Kipling’s last line vigorously exhorts – was but a distant thought, in light of my youthful pursuits.

Seeing the Rolex Ad featuring Roger Federer, the Wimbledon Centre Court Players’ Entrance and one of Kipling’s lines necessitated a second look at the inspirational poem.

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Full text of Kipling’s “If”

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Wimbledon Epic: A 10-hour tennis match

This is crazy. This is EPIC!

After two days and 10-hours play, John Isner and Nicholas Mahut’s 1st round Wimbledon match was stopped as darkness set in. The game was suspended, with the fifth set tied 59-59. It is the longest tennis match to date, beating the Santoro – Clement French Open match (6 hours, 35 minutes) in 2004.

The following quotes from tennis’ top players were funny (from BBC):

Novak Djokovic: “I’m amazed they could both hold their serve that comfortably all day. It’s unbelievable. Maybe they should have agreed to play a tie-break at 50-all!”

Roger Federer: “It’s absolutely amazing. It’s a very special match. This is unheard of in our game. I don’t know if I was crying or laughing, it was too much. I can relate to it to some little degree – but this is beyond anything.”

Read Tom Fordyce’s BBC blog for a more in-depth, entertaining read.



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John Isner and Nicolas Mahut

Federer escapes Falla

The movie Wimbledon (2004) sparked a renewed interest in tennis and, yes, Wimbledon. Back then our cable provider did not show the prestigious grass court tournament (so I settled for the next best thing, the French Open). There’s something regal about the predominantly white outfits and the English ambiance that makes Wimbledon attractive to the spectator.

Last night, I watched the great Roger Federer pull off a Houdini, escaping with a close fought, 5-set victory against the 60th-ranked Alejandro Falla. It was a great duel. To my untrained eyes, the drop shots and the long rallies were a joy to watch.

As Wimbledon unfolds, I’m hoping for a rematch of the Federer – Andy Roddick final last year.  I’m rooting for no one in particular, but I think it’s about time Roddick hits top plum.

Also, I wish the best of luck to the Filipino entries (Treat Huey, Riza Zalameda, Jeson Patrombon and Francis Casey Alcantara).

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Wimbledon Day 1 Photos (BBC)

BBC Article on the Federer-Falla match

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Roland Garros

It’s French Open time again. It sucks how I don’t have the time to follow the games as much as I want. As a child, I used to watch tennis matches all the time with my dad. For one summer before 3rd grade, my brother and I learned the basics of the game. I never had the passion for it. Perhaps I was just too lazy as a kid!

Nevertheless, the interest in tennis still remains. It’s a beautiful game (especially women’s tennis!) to watch. The French Open and Wimbledon are my two favorite Grand Slams. Through the years, I’ve rooted for Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Justine Henin and Ana Ivanovic. It’s a pity how Roger got kicked out by Soderling, but then again, that’s how sports go. To make matters even worse, my new tennis crush – Caroline Wozniacki – also suffered an early exit!


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Great Nike Ads!

I like the Three Stripes better than the Swoosh. There’s just something elegant about Adidas. But then again, Nike makes the best sports ads.

Here are some of the Nike Ads I love best:

1.) Write the Future (2010) –
I’m not a football fan, but this somehow gets me into the World Cup groove. I like how the clip explores the various outcomes of a football match – and the touch of humour as well. The fact that Kobe and Federer are featured in the campaign bridges the football divide.

2.) Nike South Africa (2006) –
I used to recite the lines uttered in the video back in college. It exudes the gung-ho, no-fear attitude one has to have to succeed in sports. I’m not familiar with most of the South African athletes in the ad, aside from Godfrey Mokoena and the Blade Runner, Oscar Pistorius, nevertheless, it’s a quite a powerful commercial.

3.) Nike Training –

Liu Xiang and Manny Pacquiao in one commercial. Need I say more?

4.) Nike Courage (2008) –

The following ad is short, but the awesome soundtrack and classic sporting moments (Liu Xiang, Carl Lewis, Derek Redmond, Michael Jordan!) featured in it contribute to one inspiring, bad-ass ad – the best among the three.

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