Acknowledging the Greatness of the Masters Means Being a Great Fan!

Tanya PalCorrespondent IMay 6, 2009

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 01:  Roger Federer (R) of Switzerland and Rafael Nadal of Spain pose with their trophies after the men's final match during day fourteen of the 2009 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on  February 1, 2009 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Lucas Dawson/Getty Images)

This is my first article, and I'm writing it from the depths of my heart regarding what I feel about certain scenarios...Please do not take it personally, anybody.

Why are we so afraid of greatness? Why can't we tolerate invincibility? Why is it that when we see greatness, we want to bring it down from its pedestal and assure ourselves that he/she is after all a mortal human being and revel in its weakness?

Lately, I've been reading a lot about how Roger Federer has lost his 'aura of invincibility.' Although I try not to add emotions to these words, I can read pleasure somewhere, somewhere a sigh of relief, which means only one thing 'Thank God! He isn't super human, he's just a human after all!'

I also find a lot of contemplations to find solutions to the current status of Rafael Nadal being unbeaten on clay and his exemplary progress on other surfaces.

Well, I do not have a problem with people supporting other players (everybody has favorites), but why these undertones of trying to find 'ordinariness' in greatness? We can't see players win continuously & try to find how to beat them or who'll stop the winning streak.

In this world, there may be five percent of people (I guess I'm overestimating) in every field who are GREAT, GENIUS, PRODIGIES and (excuse me for the grandiosity) GODLY!

They are GOD's of their field & set benchmarks for others to achieve. Its not everyone that can soar as high, but that doesn't mean we commit the folly of not trying just because we know the answers beforehand.

I guess even that is pardonable, but what do we do? We try to equal them not by rising up but by trying to bring them down to the 'common' 'ordinary' level. A greatness cannot be belittled, it should be matched & surpassed.

Why do we revel when Roger or Rafa falter to lose a set, a match or a slam? Why can't we appreciate the beauty of their game & acknowledge that they are taking tennis to a higher level? Aren't we fortunate to witness the evolution of this game at the hands of Masters?

Do we have to bring up issues like 'They wouldn't be able to manage with wooden rackets like olden days?'

They don't play with wooden rackets anymore, and I dare say that the Greats of yesteryear would be in a similar predicament with the modern technology. Its not a fair comparison for both sides. There were great players before and there will be later, each of them sets a benchmark and gives their own contribution to this wonderful game.

Why bother finding 'NEMESIS' when we can bask in the bright glory of THE MASTERS...I LOVE YOU ROGER and RAFA!!