Roger Federer’s poetry in motion provides the ultimate challenge – The Times


It is not just Novak Djokovic the great Swiss will have to overcome today

Simon Barnes

How it all began: Roger Federer after his first Wimbledon victory in 2003MARC ASPLAND

Roger Federer won Wimbledon for the first time in 2003, just after the publication of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. The craze for Harry was at its height and it seemed that Federer had stepped out of the pages to play with a racket bought at Ollivanders in Diagon Alley, the place where Harry got his wand.

Things are tougher for Federer these days, and tougher than they ever were for Harry. Harry only took on the forces of evil, and that’s an opponent that gets a pasting in all the good stories. But Federer is taking on a far more daunting opponent in the men’s singles final at Wimbledon this afternoon.

Federer is taking on Time. Even in the stories, Time…

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