18 August 2008

Roger Federer Beta

"I think success exists on every level. Success is a nice thing because it always means you’ve taken a step forward and it gives you a sense of pride, which in turn gives you confidence and experience – a positive circle, so to speak." Roger Federer

Someone says if tennis were a religion, then Roger Federer would be God.

It is indeed a fact. Because of Federer, a lot of people get back into tennis. People go to watch tennis because of him. However, is that history now?

On 18th August 2008, his record 237 weeks at number one finally came to an end. Federer no longer dominates tennis, but what lasts? Nothing, especially when you've been at the top of the world for long time. Everyone wants to be the best. Being top dog, perhaps, is one main motivation in life. But, it is difficult for an individual to maintain best performance forever. After all, an individual is all alone. Unlike a company, it is made up of people. A company can maintain its power and sustain its growth for many years, or even decades. Because they work in teams, with everyone supporting each other. Federer? He's only human...

He may not be the greatest tennis player yet in terms of the number of grand slams won, but he's definitely one of the greatest tennis players.

Today, Roger is no longer the world's best... in terms of ranking. Nadal, his arch-rival, replaces Roger as number one; but Fed will reverse his below-par performance and regain his number one ranking in 2009.

Thank you Fed... you have done more than enough. It's time for you to take some rest.

"That's what I expected and hoped for many years ago when I got to number one, that if ever somebody were to take it away from me, he would have to play an incredible tennis schedule, win the biggest tournaments, dominate the game basically, and then like this he can take number one." Federer said of the end of his 237-week reign.

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