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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Set for Sampras and the curious case of Joe Bloggs!!

As a swiss sensation who raised to fame by defeating Andy Murray in the U.S open (Murray won just the previous year!! So...calling him a worthy opponent!)  last year fought hard this year to beat the champion at his fortress in a quite thrilling five setter, I think the road ahead for the Spain bull is clear and he is inches away from his fourteenth grand slam. Of course I did not forget Roger. Yes, I am a Rafa fan! But clearly he has the form and edge too!!

I would love a Roger-Rafa final but it can at maximum be a semi final. Whatever it is, I hope they both meet. Long time since I have seen them play in a grand slam!! I think the last time was in the 2012 semis here at Melbourne!!??
Special credits to Stan Wawrinka for thumping the defending champion, Novak in a tough match. Some of the shots Stan played were super beauties and his stamina is also pretty good. Better times ahead for this guy!!
I would love to see Nadal equaling Pete Sampras's number of grand slams. He is fresh from his win in the first week of the year at Doha.... Wish you a very Happy Birthday!!

On the other end of the globe in Paris...in a super specialty hospital, a legend of another sport is forced into coma. " If survived, Micheal Schumacher will not be Schumacher" said the doctor. Interesting subject for a medical student. Parts of his brain would be replaced by the one of a Mr.Joe Bloggs or so I heard. Interesting!! But if that is done, Schumacher would be dead without the world realising it!!

Well, like many others, I too thought that Joe Bloggs was a person. And like many other times, I am mistaken. Joe Bloggs or Fred Bloggs is a placeholder name used in Europe. It is like Ramesh and Suresh in our five star advertisement. Just a name to say that Schumacher will no longer be Schumi. He will be a common man. He might start following Formula One like thousands others forgetting that he was a champion once before. That would be good in a sense. He can start a new life without thinking about his past glory. Who nows he might rule the world in this new odyssey.