It was Sunday, January 29, 2017. The Tennis community had seen in the past fortnight, the most unexpected turn of events at the first Grand Slam of the year- the Australian Open. Some had called it the resurgence of the ‘old guard’- the irreplaceable tennis greats Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal- who had ruled the sport for the last decade. They had managed to defeat every other player in the draw and were in the finals of a Grand Slam- yet again. The world was again jittery at the prospect of another ‘FeDal’ final- one that promised a stratospheric level of exemplary tennis, coupled with subtle artistry and sheer will. Read more