Capping off a topsy-turvy year in both Tennis and Formula 1, this week finally showed that hard work and never giving up really can pay dividends.
Starting with the Tennis, after a turbulent year for Roger Federer, it was all the more sweet when he beat Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 to take his first ever Davis Cup trophy at 33. This victory is his first in the competition in 15 years and takes him back to a World Number 2 ranking, having slipped to 8th in the standings back in January thanks to a back injury. Nearly 90% of the crowd were French and while Federer almost toyed with Gasquet throughout the match, he was gracious in his victory and this became his 17th Grand Slam victory to date and the first time a Swiss national has ever won this tournament.
In F1 yesterday, we saw the result of month of hard work and battling a rogue team member finally come to fruition with Hamilton scooping the coveted World Title. This feat may have sounded trivial with Lewis 17-points ahead of Rosberg before Abu Dhabi, however when Rosberg clinched pole position in the qualifying laps, Hamilton would have to hold 2nd place of better the entire race to secure the title, unlike last year where a 5th place finish would have seen him take home the title anyway.
Hamilton roared out of the starting blocks and overtook Rosberg inside just a lap and by lap 3 was holding a 1.4s advantage, courtesy of Nico wheel-spinning off the starting line. Despite team conversations suggesting that Rosberg could outlast Hamilton, it was on lap 24 that the drama really happened with Rosberg losing 3 seconds on his team-mate and citing engine problems. The rest of the race yielded similar twists but ended with Hamilton taking pole position with Massa second and his teammate stuck back at position 14. Credit to Nico who congratulated Lewis on his victory and pushed on to the end despite an onslaught of problems, but it was Prince Harry who took the headlines being the first on the Mercedes radio to Hamilton – “Thanks for not letting the British public sweat!”
Once again congratulations to both Federer and Hamilton on their hard-fought victories!