Last Sunday i.e yesterday was the day when there were major upsets in the Sports arena- Ferrari’s Massa finishing Pointless and Ferrari having a bad day @Silverstone, India performing miserably in the Asia Cup Final, Dhoni & Co always flatter at the final hurdle :(, then there’s the epic match between Federer and Nadal, which was an edge of a seat thriller. So all in all it was a eventful Sunday. India could have surely done better than what they performed in the Asia Cup final. 273 target was chaseable and with the in-form Indian top order having Sehwag, Gambhir, Raina, Yuraj and Rohit Sharma, and not to forget our captain Dhoni, I thought that India would be the Asia Cup Champions. But there was a different story to tell. It was earlier Jayasuriya who blasted Indian bowlers all around the park and later on Mendis rocked the Indian top order to signal the end of India’s great run of form. This is not the first time Dhoni and Co have flattered in the final hurdle, they have done it on many previous occasions. I had mentioned about it in my earlier post. Sehwag got off to an explosive start the way he was smashing the ball i thought Indians would comfortably chase the target. But once Mendis got him stumped and then Yuvraj followed the very next moment, Indians were in deep deep trouble. But in form Raina did show some signs of getting set, but it was Mendis again who got Raina bowled and then Rohit Sharma followed him and it was all but over. Indian had missed a superb opportunity to pocket the Asia cup, Dhoni and his men will e cursing themselves for not reading Mendis properly. Highlights of the day was Jayasuriya’s Superb Ton, Sehwag’s initial onslaught and Mendis’s magic spell.
It was Hamilton’s day at the Silverstone park after he drove with perfection to clinch the British GP in style when others were skidding around the park. Read about the British GP here.
Coming to the battle of the century- Federer Vs Nadal. It was the most exciting match i have ever seen (Though i watch Tennis less frequently) it was an edge of the seat thriller. Two set down with Nadal cruising in the 3rd set, i thought it was all over. With rain interruptions in between it only added to the curiosity of people like me and you anxiously glued to the Idiot box. I was watching the match at my cousin’s house. I came back home thinking that Nadal would finish it off in 3 sets. But when i came back and after an hour or so i heard someone shouting- outburst of anxiety and excitement- it was my cousin and i quickly googled for “Live Wimbledon Scores” and was it was good enough search term that directly took me to Wimbledon official website Live Scores and i was shocked to see 2-2 with 5th set going on. I quickly suggested my friend to watch the match and he asked me is it good? and i said its once in a life time opportunity. And then rain gods were back to business and the match resumed after sometime. Both the players kept winning their serves and for someone to emerge the champion he had to break the others serve. This is what Nadal did to clinch the final set 9-7 and dashed Federer hopes of equaling the record of 6 consecutive wins at the Wimbledon finals which was achieved by Bjorn Borg. But then Nadal repeated the feat of wining French Open and Wimbledon in the same year which was achieved by Borg in 1980. So it was Borg’s record at stake ;).
Nadal was crowned the Wimbledon 2008 Champion, he defeated defending and 5 time champion Federer 6-4, 6-4, 6-7, 6-7, 9-7