The 11th of June. 4 30 in the office. Frantically completed office work and opened 3 tabs. IBM Slam Tracker. Twitter and Facebook. Ready to shoot away tweets and status updates as the action resumed from the previous day of the Roland Garros of 2012.
The men's singles final. Here was one man fighting for a record 7th French Open title, rightly called the "King of Clay", for the lion stood undefeated at all occasions but one on the Phillipe-Chatrier court for 8 years. The other, called the Serbinator, was at the peak of his career, having defeated Roger Federer, the elegant master in 3 sets in the semi-final 2 days back. He was looking for his Grand Slam, and a lot of people believed he deserved it.
Both of them had the never-say-die attitude, going at full throttle yesterday, only to interrupted by the rain. Today however, as the clash resumed, Rafael Nadal was equally matched by Novak Djokovic.
The 4th set. Nadal trailed 1-2. He led 2 sets to 1 though.
For the spectator, however, it was nerve-racking to see the scores go from 2-2 to 3-3 to 4-4 to 5-5 !
But finally after nearly an hour and 15 minutes, "Vamos Rafa!" prevailed. The sound echoed as Rafael Nadal broke Djokovic's serve to win his 7th crown.
Or wait? Was it that what happened? No. There lay disappointment amidst.
Djokovic trailed 30-40, readying his serve. The scores at 5-6. Nadal was at match-point. He was eagerly awaiting the serve.
And alas, Djokovic serves a double fault. Nadal won, however, the victory missed something.
It was like, after an impressive battle, just as the victor came to claim his prize, the unfortunate slits his own throat.
Through the cries of "Vamos!", that little disappointment of Nadal was definitely visible, for a moment.
Djokovic, though you lost, you had the last laugh. They say you choked. They say you were under pressure. But I don't believe it. You had the last laugh.
But, does it matter? NOOOOOOO! Congratulations Rafa.
2005 - 6–7(6–8), 6–3, 6–1, 7–5
2006 - 1–6, 6–1, 6–4, 7–6(7–4)
2007 - 6–3, 4–6, 6–3, 6–4
2008 - 6–1, 6–3, 6–0
2010 - 6–4, 6–2, 6–4
2011 - 7–5, 7–6(7–3), 5–7, 6–1
2012 - 6–4, 6–3, 2–6, 7–5
You rock! Wimbledon, here he comes!