Number One!

Yesterday, in an ATP 500 event at Rotterdam, Roger Federer defeated Robin Hasse to become the oldest World Number 1, since the ATP rankings were first introduced. This is just another coruscating chapter in the already magnificent saga of an athlete, who even at 36 is winning Grand Slams, looking the best player on the tour and climbing to the top of the rankings.  Much better and much more expressive admirers of the game have run out of superlatives a long time back. It is now reaching such biblical proportions that the fans are on the verge of turning his life and career into a religion. You only had to see the way some admirers were crying out of joy when he reached this incredible milestone. And this, after he became the first male player to win 20 grand slams has made the mind-boggling scale of his achievements a bit more staggering.

In his first round match against Bemelmans, Federer played a shot which might just go on to become the shot of the year. I have been following Roger and his exploits for a number of years but this was something I hadn’t seen before. Let this one of a kind achievement be punctuated with this one of a kind stroke. We have been saying this for quite some time now, but enjoy while this lasts!!


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