Federer, Nadal and Djokovic pander to plutocrats and charge huge appearance fees. The "trickle down effect" means that tournaments like the Heineken Open now have to pay appearance money for racketeers that many of us have never heard of. It's close to extortion.
At the end of Federer's first round match at the Australian Open a fawning interviewer asked about his kids and if he had bought coach Stefan Edberg a birthday present - no, by the way, the privilege of knocking up with 'King Roger' was enough of a present apparently.
Despite the one way-traffic scoreline, De Bakker actually showed some nice tennis once in a while. Of course not even close to becoming a threat to his superior opponent but he did rather well considering the November-like circumstances.
Hopefully he won't have to play a second. Hope he skips the doubles and the Swiss somehow manage to win it.
8th day of July 2012: 7-time Wimbledon champion!
Once upon a time there was a myth about strong and weak eras. On this glorious day the clownery was eventually unmasked: 30 y.o. past-prime daddy Fed became #1 once again in the supposed strong "Spartan" era with his rivals at their peak.
And they all lived happily ever after.
Long live King Federer!
17 Grand Slam titles 7 Wimbledon titles 302 weeks at #1 Legend