How fast time flies. Today I was watching the Federer-Nadal final match at the Australian open, and I got instantly transported a decade back, when these two grand masters were at the top of their game. I am not a sport fan, and definitely do not follow tennis, but the Fedal rivalry was legendary. Nadal came to crash the party when everyone was convinced that Federer cannot be beaten, and that he is not from this planet. Other players have come since then, but their friendly rivalry was special. It was a throwback to better , simpler times.
Today our world is much more divided, much more apart. For one thing, the global financial crisis peaked, forcing people out of jobs and homes. And yet, recent political events around the world that have created divisions between groups of people, fanning fear and hostility, have made nostalgia for the past perhaps inevitable. Federer and Nadal’s rivalry harkens back to a time when we were all younger and the mood around the world was less sombre.