Posts Tagged ‘Australian Open’

The first post of the year 2011 comes with the arrival of the first Grand Slams of the year. And this time I won’t be speculating about whom’s going to add the title to their name but reviewing an Android app focusing on Tennis Grand Slams title ‘Sports Eye Tennis Special.

The Sports Eye Tennis Special comes with loads of bundled feature for a true Tennis fan. It has the ability to gather News from various news sources related to tennis such as Australian Open, ATP, WTA, BBC, CNN, ESPN and allows me to select the source from which I want to keep up with. Same option goes for following Tennis Blogs and remaining in touch with what the experts’ opinions are. But what I loved about the app is their option to view the Player activities by getting their updates from Twitter and Facebook accounts (and yes, Federer is in the list of players:) )! The Players list consists of top 20 ATP and WTA tennis players and being up to date with their activities on and off the court in Melbourne is truly awesome!!! Tweets from official tennis sources such as Australian Open, ATP, WTA, Tennis Channel are available and in that too you have the option to select the source from which to remain updated.

And any AO app won’t be complete without Live Scores so Tennis Special also has the facility to show live scores, draws and schedule of play! And if filtering down sources wasn’t enough, the app also gives me the power to turn off the whole feature so that I don’t get distracted by extra information. From this I mean that if I don’t want to view news, I can de-select it from settings and viola the news tab won’t show in the main screen. Also, I like the fact that all information is available in one view and with a single tap I can browse through different categories of News, Blogs, Players, Scores etc. A widget for home screen is also available.

It has the option of Background Sync of information when you get connected to the internet, notification about new information and offline viewing of the news so that you don’t need to be on the net all the time just to read updates.

With the AO starting in just two days time, Tennis Special is going to be my source of information about the happenings in Melbourne and especially in Rod Laver Arena. And if you have an Android phone, do download the app from the Market and watch AO right from your cell.

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Seems like we’ll have to wait another four months for 17th Slam title…

Roger Federer leaving the court after losing to Novak Djokovic at US Open men's semi final, 2010

Roger Federer leaving the court after losing to Novak Djokovic at US Open men's semi final, 2010

“I can cry like Roger; it’s a shame I can’t play like him,”

Andy Murray said overcame with emotions at the ceremony of Australian Open 2010 after losing to the greatest player of all time, Roger Federer.  It was Federer who cried last year after losing an epic 5-set battle to Nadal. However, he made up for it by completing his career slam at Roland Garros and surpassing Pete Sampras record of 14 grand slams at Wimbledon last year.

Federer with his 16 Grand Slam Trophies

Federer with his 16 Grand Slam Trophies

Before the final, it was believed that it’ll be tough one because of the H2H going in favor of Andy and his playing style resembles that of Federer so the game would be fierce battle of Federer vs Federer. But, the king cast his magic spell and won the title in straight sets 🙂

Apart from the game, I loved the part when Andy was unable to talk and Federer came over. As Andy was standing behind him, instead of facing the camera, he turned to face towards Andy and speak about him and encourage him. I know no words could’ve relieved Andy anguish from losing but the gesture does count because a year before Federer was in the same place!

Anyways, in conclusion it was a great victory and have set/equaled a few more records in men’s tennis. And best of all, the slams count for Federer doesn’t stop here. There’s a lot of tennis still left in him. And I can ’t wait to see more 🙂

“God, it’s killing me”

Federer in tears after the loss

Federer in tears after the loss

Watching him say that was killing me (and all his fans out there). If the match was emotionally draining, watching him breakdown during the ceremony was heart breaking. The applause he received on stage, the “love-you-fed” noises in the background goes on to show how much he is loved and appreciated all over.

I won’t comment on the match, of how it was evenly balanced and how Federer could’ve easily won it. Check the match statistics at Australian Open website which can give an idea of how it was. Apart from the Federer’s unforced errors and the performance in the 5th set, I believe the result could’ve gone any way!

But it didn’t. So looking forward, he has appeared 18 times in a final and is one shy from equaling Ivan Lendl’s record of 19 appearances in grand slams final. Also, he needs one more to grand slams trophy to equal Pete Sampras record. As Nadal said,

“Rog, sorry for today. I really know how you feel right now. Remember that you are a great champion and you are one of the best in history and you will beat Pete Sampras’ 14 titles for sure.”

Nadal giving Federer a consolation hug

Nadal giving Federer a consolation hug

He can do all that and better. Let’s see when he does that. But watching him in tears after the final has just made me realize that he’s human after all! All the time we just want him to win and break a record or set new one and he does that. I wanted him to win so badly, just makes me wonder how much he must have wanted to win the title and start the season well. But three more grand slams and other tournaments to go this year and he can always improve on the records and his ranking. And talking about ranking, he is 3260 points behind Nadal. I am not sure about how the point system works but winning the titles would surely improve his 🙂

And as somebody in AO had the banner (changing a bit)

14th Grand Slam, Roger that!

Let me show some grace as the two showed during the ceremony..Congrats, Rafa!

Best of luck for the season, Federer 🙂

So I am back with a post about Fed Ex;). It’s hard to resist “not” writing about him with Australian Open in progress and him aiming for the coveted 14th Grand Slams trophy. I haven’t watched any of his matches live on TV but only on Web (and they are not the same as seeing the action take place live at Rod Laver Arena!). As somebody who has always seen him cruise through to the finals, with an easy 3-set victory over the opponent, it was alarming to watch (in fact read) him go to tie breaks and topping that a 5-set match with a 20-seeded player and that too, in the 4th round! But no matter what, I am still cheering him to win the final and putting last year performance behind. Because he’s the best player I have seen and Pakistani cricket team can learn a bit about sportsmanship from him. With never losing control of himself, bouncing back always from rough patches and being graceful in defeat and exuding a ‘will-to-win’ makes him the best example of being the epitome of ‘sports spirit’.

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Being a Federer fan, it’s natural for me to dislike Nadal. But this time he has a change (of clothes). Gone are the sleeveless shirts and ‘shari’ shorts (they used to be quiet long then the tennis guys normally wear so I nicknamed them way back :)). So Nadal looks a bit normal now! (It’s another matter that Nadal shirt resembled a color scheme of something else I see everyday: P)

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The quarterfinal between Federer and Del Port starts in a few hours time. Let’s see who he meets in semi’s – Djokovic or Roddick?