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In times where doping charges, match –fixing and lack of sportsmanship continue to taint the image of sports, it is very rare that a hard fought game is seen. Sunday 29th January was one such day. The Australian open final between the 2 heavyweights Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic once again proved how tennis has turned out to be a gladiatorial sport offlate.It was a night when sport truly felt like a theatre, too astounding to be unscripted.

 Ok agreed, sportsmen are supposed to be as fit as a butcher’s dog. But 6 hours of non-stop play is something that even the world spirit wouldn’t agree to.

We have seen VVS Laxman’s magical 281 that thrashed the Australians from a position of invincibility, the innings that brought back the long lost faith in the Indian team of winning from hopeless positions.

We have also seen Muhammad Ali  flooring George Foreman with a left, then a right in the eighth round of the Rumble in the Jungle or Lance Armstrong picking himself up from a crash at the 2003 Tour de France.

But Sunday’s sporting battle exceeded the expectations of even the staunchest of fans, if I may say. It wasn’t just a mere game; it redefined the ladders of endurance, of hope and survival at the brink of defeat.

It wasn’t just the incredible will Djokovic displayed that made this match memorable, the skill and exuberance in Rafa’s strokes were also worth mentioning. The tide could have turned in any one’s favour, notwithstanding the fact that the loser played equally well.

“I’ll keep fighting,” Nadal told the crowd in Melbourne. We hope so. Because, like the very best Hollywood blockbusters, this epic cried out for a sequel and left us hungry for more.
Till then, let’s keep our fingers crossed and cherish the memories of this unforgettable night.

 

This is not an analysis guys, just my point of view, for everything else there is Times of India. 😀

By Anubhav Shrivastava

 

 

 
 

 

 

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