2012 Week 4 in Review

I can summarize this week in a single word – Disaster.

Goals

I was able to keep a consistent pace on the blogging and the readership is on the rise for both Personal and Technical Blog. After 4 weeks, I noticed that there are 2 things that really can get the readership going:

  1. Write about articles relevant on that day/week
  2. Read other blogs and make relevant comments

On the health front, all went for a toss, I had training for 3 days in the week and one day off for republic day meant that Gym went was not an option and I was unable to get my discipline on eating habits. Book reading was put off a little as well and that was because it was the week of Australian Open 2012 and I spent a lot of time watching matches which obviously ruined any heads-up I have had on watching TV. I hope I will be able to bring some of these back on track in coming weeks.

Sports

It was Australian Open 2012 and India vs. Australia 4th test. While AO2012 was superb, Djokovic winning the Slam with some great matches in the end. I for the first time saw Rafa play 2 matches – against Federer and Djokovic and saw what a great player he is and only gained respect for this master athlete. A fellow blogger wrote about Rafa which reflects my feelings very well.

India was again disappointing. Virat Kohli did score a century which was some saving grace – the first century of the tour. Now, that the Test series is over, I am looking forward to the one day series and hope that this will be another story. I do not have any expectation from this series only hope that we will do better and live up to the expectations of a World Champion.

Personal

Well a train-wreck – dont wanna talk about this. I just hope that people understand that it takes time to turn a new leaf – it does not happen overnight. Baby steps need to be encouraged and not slammed.

2012 Week 3 in review

Roger Federer
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2012 has started to settle down now and life in new year is taking shape. Life in office which has been relatively simple continues to be so giving me time to learn technology for an upcoming project.

Goals

Doing relatively well against goals of blog writing, reading book and increasing readership. While the TV is coming back into life especially with the start of Australian Open and most matches being replayed in the evening. Yet, I am still happy on where I am overall. Need to put some more effort into my health especially visiting the GYM for my regular run. Next week also seems to be going down the drain for exercise because of project work. I will just not be able to take out time for exercise. A detailed assessment is sue sometime next week which will show me how I did overall. But, I am satisfied on how it has been till now.

Sports

Cricket took a break because India did not have a match. They start their last test match on Tuesday and things can become interesting once again. However, Australian Open was there to make life interesting. While all the big Guns (Rafa, Federer, Novak, Sharapova, Williams and …) did well weekend had some surprises. interestingly this year there have been a dozen retirals which was unlikely. Some highlights I want to bring out were:

  • Kim beating Li Na aftar a set down and saving 4 match points and that too when Kim had hurt herself in first set
  • Verdasco was thrown out by Tomic in first round
  • Tomic (19 year old Australian) played Federer with some talking about Tomic winning; but he was in for a tennis lesson. After a first set of fight, Roger put his foot on the accelerator and Tomic was asking himself what is he doing on this court
  • Azarenka looks to be in top form playing game of her life beating everyone with disdain
  • Serena Williams was in superb form (she lost on Monday in 4th round)

 

Personal Life

All is going better than expected. Positive energy is showing up everywhere and radiating back as well which is nice for a change :). Sunday was a sligh bump and it was because of TV where I got lazy. I guess TV is the evil in my life and I need to now subside it just enough. No need to kill it, but needs to go down

 

 

Roger Federer: A Player; A Champion « Bizarre Prodigy

Roger Federer - 2007 US Open Champion
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Records speak for themselves, where Roger has scaled the Mt. Everest of Tennis and sits on the top with 16 singles titles across 8 years of span (consider his last title was in 2010); only to be followed by Sampras, Emerson and Laver. Rafa (King of Clay court) already in his 8th year of tennis is 6 title short of Roger and I do not see him equalling him because Djokivic has a say in it now.

via Roger Federer: A Player; A Champion « Bizarre Prodigy.

Roger Federer: A Player; A Champion

Roger Federer against Juan Martín del Potro in...
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I was waiting for Australian Open to start this year, and I was somehow under the impression that it starts on Jan 19, but then by chance I noticed that I missed the opening day only to catch up on it just now. Day 1 unfolded with only 1 upset where Tomic defeated Verdasco. With all the top guns (men and women) moving ahead into the second round it seems that this year is going to be nothing less exciting.

I have been a fan of Tennis since the days of Stefi Graf and Pete Sampras. Those are the two players who once motivated me to play the game. It was when these two retired, that I lost my love of watching the game and it was mainly because i did not see someone who could replace them.

Last year, I figured out that I missed an era called – Roger Federer and it was an era I am sad that I missed. And, then I started to watch tennis once again only to see that Roger is already at an end of his. While I see Nadal and Djokovic take over as the new kings of the sport, I continue to root for Roger. When I see Roger play, I see what I saw in Sampras which is effortless play. Roger makes the game look so easy. Roger won his last Grand Slam in 2010 when he won Australian Open. Last year (2011), when he lost the Australian Open to Djokovic for the first time since 2003, Roger was not the defending champion of any of the Grand Slams. Yet, as I open the Australian open Fan tracker he is ranked 2nd. And why not? Someone who defines finesse on the court. I have seen him show emotions but even they have a respect for their opponents. They assertive, but are for self-realization, unlike others where they mock/challenge other players.

Records speak for themselves, where Roger has scaled the Mt. Everest of Tennis and sits on the top with 16 singles titles across 8 years of span (consider his last title was in 2010); only to be followed by Sampras, Emerson and Laver. Rafa (King of Clay court) already in his 8th year of tennis is 6 title short of Roger and I do not see him equalling him because Djokivic has a say in it now.

Truly a champion, not just because his tennis is the of that of a champion, but because he showcases on and off the court, how champions live. It is my true belief that Players will come and go, but Champions like Sampras and Roger are remembered through ages.

Enjoyed playing today

The US Open
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Today I played a kid, 17 year old (Meghna) and she is good. She hits the ball very well both forehands and backhands. At times gets the ball to kick up and has some tremendous passing shots. However, I was happy just playing her as I was able to match her strokes and at times pass her too and win points. She was serving fast and I was able to return the serves back well too.

I would like to play her in a match and I wont wonder if she beats me, but it would be fun and very competitive playing her.

Tennis rebooted

This season I started taking my Tennis serious once again. I have not played in a long time, and I was good back when I played. This season I re-started the same and am doing many things to keep it going. Also, I have started to play matches in leagues and tournaments. I am capturing all those events in a calendar which is located at Google Calendar and is Public for everyone to view.