Monday, June 08, 2009

French Victory

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The ceremonial first tear escaped during the playing of the Swiss national anthem, down his left cheek, followed by more. Finally, the French Open was played Sunday by Roger’s rules, No. 1 being: there is crying in tennis.

Sports of The Times - Open Emotions From Federer - NYTimes.com

Well deserved win for Federer at Roland Garros (French Open). This completes Roger's Grand Slam trophies with the one that eluded him for so long. It is a moment for history tying Pete Sampras's record of 14 Grand Slam titles.

The debate is on again of who is the greatest player to ever play the game. With this victory eyes are on Roger again. Funny how lately he was discounted with his game in decline. The tears that came down his eyes in victory and loss says it all: he is human; we are human; we have our winning moments and losing moments. Today is a winning moment and well deserved one.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Obama’s Speech in Cairo

 

This last point is important because there are some who advocate for democracy only when they are out of power; once in power, they are ruthless in suppressing the rights of others. No matter where it takes hold, government of the people and by the people sets a single standard for all who hold power: you must maintain your power through consent, not coercion; you must respect the rights of minorities, and participate with a spirit of tolerance and compromise; you must place the interests of your people and the legitimate workings of the political process above your party. Without these ingredients, elections alone do not make true democracy.

Text - Obama’s Speech in Cairo - Text - NYTimes.com

A timely speech from a timeless city as described by Obama. The good thing is that he did not come to preach but to extend a hand with humility. There has been so much mistrust between America and the Muslim world. I though the speech did a wonderful job of presenting a fresh start and hope for new beginning. Such is the change that swept the US and brought about a new leadership; only if we could experience the same through true democracy.

Monday, June 01, 2009

The Winning Moment

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It was the winner as it turned out. “Honestly, I made it and said voila,” Federer said.

French Open - At the French, the Elephant has left the Room - NYTimes.com

For tennis fans, this year's French  Open is full of surprises. The biggest is the exit of 4 times champion and number 1 ranked Rafael Nadal.  So you would think this would clear the way for the number 2 ranked Roger Federer to capture the one title he is missing. It is not that easy.

When Federer faced Tommy Haas in their fourth round match things didn't exactly go according to plan. Roger lost the first two sets and was facing a break point in the third. And then:

The second-seeded Federer would win, conquering his own evident nerves and Haas’s still-evident talent. But it would require a stirring comeback that began with a bold forehand winner on that break point at 3-4, 30-40 in the third set before the Swiss could close Haas out: 6-7 (4-7), 5-7, 6-4, 6-0, 6-2.

It's a good life lesson when things don't go as you like. You pull yourself together and you make it and voila! Good luck Roger you can make this happen.