Monday, May 24, 2010

French Open begins

My apologies if you are not a tennis nut like me. Life in Kuantan has turned to tennis for a fortnight. The second Grand Slam of the year has begun in France on the clay courts of Roland Garros. We are actually in for a sporting triple treat, as the French Open is followed by Wimbledon (24 June - 4 July) and the FIFA World Cup, running from 11 June - 11 July in South Africa.

As for Roland Garros, Rafael Nadal has won this Slam four times in the last five years, Roger Federer snatching the crown in last year's edition. Nadal seems to have hit his best form again, but how long will his knees be able to prop him up in a potential seven best-of-five sets matches? We all remember what happened to him in Australia in January.

I still think this is the year that Federer could win all four Slams. He's saving his best health and form for the showpiece events. If he can win the French Open by beating Nadal or whoever in the final, who's going to say he can't go on to win Wimbledon, and the U.S. Open in August, his two most successful Slams, to complete the calendar set?

It all hinges on these two upcoming weeks.

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