There is so much of sports going on around these days, that it is difficult to write about something else. And if one takes time out for something else, one may not be doing justice to entertainment which everyone so preciously wants as a time out from the bloody news of wars and political unrest and falling economies and rising oil prices. I for myself really want a time out. Instead of writing about horrors of wars or of people-fooling politicians, I am focusing on sports, which at least provide us respite from all other problems and conflicts, so long we keep watching sports, applauding sportsmen who put in their best to provide us healthy and lively entertainment. And whenever I get a time out of sports, travel brings me back to some of the most beautiful places of the world.
Besides Asia Cup Cricket being played in Dacca, and lots of football, there is tennis - a game that I personally like and played for long and I really love watching it in whatever form or wherever it is being played. And this bring me to the Indian Wells.
|Federer vs Milos Raonic|
What is being tipped as the toughest match of the ongoing Indian Wells, Federer faces a young but very powerful player, who is all set to take on stars like Federer.
Although Federer did not have much difficulty if taming Kudla Sunday night 6-4, 6-1, many believe that Milos Raonic is no Kudla and may entrench aging Federer to provide good enetrtainment to the fans on both sides of the net.
Even Federer has acknowledged Raonic's powerful serves and on his fitness syas, "Against a guy like this you’re obviously going to try to make it as athletic as possible." Which means that Raonic is in his best form, both physically and mentllay to give a tough ime to Federer.
Raonic too is eager to meet Federer, whom he missed meeting last year. For Raonic, this is a big day - palying against a sixteen times grand slammer and already three times Indian Wells winner in three straight years from 2004-2006.
The slow speed of the court may help Federer to control the speedy balls from raonic and have enough time to respond. On the other hand, Raonic due to his athletic physique may tire out Federer to gain time and win points.
The match will be played at Stadium 1, a big honour for Raonic for palying on such a prestigeous court perhaps for the first time in his life, at 02:00 GMT.
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