Monday, July 10, 2006

A Soft Sport


Something inexplicable happened during the course of the Wimbledon final. It was at the start of the 3rd set, when I wanted Nadal to compete and make Federer slog for his fourth consecutive title. By the end of the set, my loyalties firmly shifted towards a Nadal victory.

I love sports not for sporting reasons but for the nuances that turn a match into a compelling drama. It's beyond the shifts in momentum or the ability to conjure up a brilliant passing shot under pressure. The excitement lies in the demonstration of courage and fragility of the human psyche.

Notice during the coin toss, Nadal took his time and kept the umpire and Federer waiting?
Notice at the crossovers, Federer crossed ahead of Nadal at the start but by the end a pumped Nadal strode towards his chair like Federer was invisble?
Notice where Federer usually bounces the ball twice before a serve, he's now taking an additional bounce when serving out for the match?

Like everyone else, I love players and teams who play with flair and without fear. They are also easy on the eye unlike the dogged and determined ones who usually resort to winning ugly. Arguably, Nadal is the ugly dogged one but the intensity in his eyes conflicts with the softness of it. His demeanour off court is one of great humility and bashfulness. The boy is deep. There's more to him than meets the eye.

Only Zidane can save the World Cup. The competition needs a human story.

10 comments:

Timber Rabbit said...

Oh, Zidane is a head above the rest when it comes to human stories. :)

madnoh said...

Drama required, Zizou delivered.

madnoh said...

The episode.

drama mama said...

Viva Italia! :D

I was half asleep by the time of that rather... err... surreal incident (and also at a point where I wanted someone... anyone! to score a goal already :P) and was woken up by my tengok bola partner's exclamation of utter shock. *LOL*

One wonders wot was he thinking in that Friar Tuck head of his. Come to think of it, it was like something out of a David Lynch movie, wasn't it? :P Right up your alley! ;)

lilyliverbird said...

sad way to end a career :(

fara said...

Now if only he grew horns..

The Squatter said...

this entry is so gay. u must have watched superman recently.

men only watch women's tennis when there is nothing else on the telly.

if u r in an all male boarding school, u'd end up being someone's squeeze.

thinktankgal said...

He is still a legend...

sic6sense said...

I is brills or what! I knew he wouldnt let me down.

so what they say is true, there's madness behind the genius.

pseuds, cant be gay-er than one who watched Superman!

princesswaffzonkle said...

i didnt know u watch tennis.. nadal is so yummy kan? he makes everyfrigginbody wait while he goes about with his idiosyncrasies in slo-mo. mofo. cute mofo.