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Nadal is the new “King of Grass” July 4, 2010

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The New "King of Grass"

Rafael Nadal, World No.1 Tennis Player, won his second Wimbledon Title tonight. This was Nadal’s Eighth Grand Slam title(5 French Open, 1 Australian Open, 2 Wimbledon Titles).  In the finals, he beat the Czech man, Tomas Berdych by 6-3, 7-5, 6-4. I thought that Tomas will be a tough competitor for Rafael Nadal. Tomas attracted me in the way he served to Federer and Djokovic. Nadal was little bit not so strong in serves. Nadal hits only few aces in his matches. This made me think that this final may go upto 5 sets. But, thanks to Nadal’s extra-ordinary forehand shots.

Nadal won the French Open title last month. This is Nadal’s second back-to-back straight win in Wimbledon and French Open(2008 and 2010). I was upset very much and even halted watching Tennis last year when he lost the French Open and pulled out from Wimbledon last year due to his knee injuries.

With this 8 Grand Slams he level with Agassi, Jimmy Connors, Fred Perry and Ken Rosewall. That too, he has done in a young age of 24.

Nadal has won 7 matches in 10 head-to-head matches he played with Tomas. And he has won the last 6 matches with him, all in straight sets. Nadal got the prize money of 1 million pounds. Tomas was awarded 5,00,000 pounds.

Nadal won this match without any pain. Nadal didn’t lost any service games in this match. Tomas doesn’t seem to trouble Nadal too much. Nadal looked on full throttle. Nadal looked weak in the opening matches. He even struggled losing two sets in the second and third round matches. He won in straight sets in the first and fourth round matches. He lost the first set in his quarter-final match with Soderling. But, he was unshaken in this year ‘s tounament after that. He beat Andy Murray in straight sets at semi-final. Nadal has proved that he can give his best in any surfaces.

Bye Bye Federer! July 1, 2010

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No Longer the 'Mr. Centre Court'

Roger Federer, who was once upon a time the ‘King of Grass’ has now been knocked out of the Wimbledon Championship yesterday. Some tennis fans thought that there is no one can stand a chance against Federer in Grass Court. But, Tomas Berdych, 24 years old man from Czech Republic has done massive job in this year’s Wimbledon. The 12th seeded man beat the Mr. Centre Court by 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4  just 2 hours 35 minutes.

From the start of the tournament itself, Fed-Express is not that mighty. He even struggled to win the first round match. Some what he managed to come to the quarter-finals. Federer is losing his form. He is becoming old.Federer was never taking about lucky before. Now that, he has started losing, he has started speaking of luck. Rafael Nadal, our favourite World Number 1, seems to be in a bit of trouble in his 2nd and 3rd round five set thriller matches. Many thought that Nadal will suffer in the hands of Soderling in his quarter-final match. But, Nadal seemed to be in trouble in the first set, but then came back strongly to beat Soderling by 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4), 6-1. It’s an great entertaining match from both players.

But, Wimbledon is still going to be interesting this year. We have Berdych, Nadal, Murray, Djokovic as the final four for the Championship tie. My and yours favourite will be Rafael Nadal!.. “The New King of Grass”… Go Rafa!!!

Here is some special photos from yesterday’s quarter-final matches..

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Welcome Queen’s Baton! June 25, 2010

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XIX Commonwealth Games Delhi 2010

India welcomes the Queen’s Baton through the Wagah Border. The relay has covered 1,70,000 Km and 70 nations. Finally, It arrived at India from Pakistan through the Wagah Border. Pakistan Olympic Association President Lt Gen Syed Arif Hassan handed over the Baton to Indian Olympic Association President Suresh Kalmadi. Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and other prominent sportpersons are present at the ceremony. An cultural program is being held at the Wagah Border. Kalmadi thanked the Pakistan Olympic Association for supporting us earn this opportunity.

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The Games is just 100 days away. Now the Queen’s Baton will travel through the capitals and important cities in all States and Union Territories across India in the next 100 days. It will then return to Delhi on October 3, 2010. This will cover a distance of 20,000 kms across India.

This Baton Relay was started from Buckingham Place in Londo by Queen Elizabeth II on October 29, 2009.

The Baton is the most advanced one with Global Positioning System(GPS), so that the exact location of the Baton can be tracked easily. It can record images,  record sounds with microphone and send these files. It has many Light Emitting Diodes (LED)’s which changes it’s colour according to the Country’s flag  it was travelling. This Baton is created by Foley Designs in association with Titan Industries and Bharat Electronics Ltd.

Some more excitement waiting for you. You can send messages to the Baton right from your mobile. Type :- baton<space>(Your message with your name and the city/Upto 160 characters only) and send to +919818924545.