Tennis perhaps is the only sports that offers us currently a fair bit for the penny spend. Not just because it has not tarnished its clean image, nor because of the glamorous faces that enchant the viewers, but because of the fact that the court becomes the centre stage for men and women of equal power and panache to fight it out. Even the novices and wild card holders hardly get out without putting up a fight. The show becomes an ultimate treat when the opponents are matchlessly proficient and champions on their day.
November 30 seemed to be Federer’s day, not that he had had a awful tournament until the finale. Two outstanding players of tennis, Federer and Nadal, once again met each other in a World Tour Final. The world No 1 was no match against the composed yet marauding world No 2. Federer won 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 in front of 17,500 fans at London’s O2 Arena for a record-equaling fifth title at the year-ending finale, matching the feat of Ivan Lendl and Pete Sampras.