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Roger Was Roger Again

 
Tom Cruise shows that he’s still got itとワシントンポストの映画評であったように、トムクルーズがまだまだやれるところを魅せてくれた訳ですが、昨日もまだまだやれるところをみせてくれた人物がいました。



本来なら勝者であるジョコビッチを讃えるべきでしょうが、ウォールストリートジャーナルではフェデラーの健闘をコラムニストが取り上げていました。

In Defeat, a Vintage Federer Appears
During His Wimbledon Run to the Final, Roger Was Roger Again
By JASON GAY CONNECT
July 6, 2014 7:38 p.m. ET

The car is still parked, technically. But on Sunday Federer offered a charge of the old greatness that tennis presumed had slipped into the rear view. The record will show Federer lost in five sets to Novak Djokovic, 6-7 (7), 6-4, 7-6 (4), 5-7, 6-4. But the three hour, 56 minute match was also a thrill and a message. Federer will turn 33 next month, and he still has something left in the tank.

It was all there on Centre Court, in glorious bursts: Federer's electric first serve and nimble ground stokes; the lightness of baseline movement (effortless-looking, but hardly effortless) that appears to make him glide. Maybe it wasn't pure vintage Federer, but it appeared to be the basement tapes.

This was the Federer the Federer faithful had been hoping for, perhaps quixotically, during those vulnerable stretches in which his game appeared to be slipping, and worse, looked outmoded. Perspective is critical here: Federer is the No. 3-ranked tennis player in the world. The lowest he dropped to amid that nadir was eighth. But his re-ascension wasn't assumed. Age was assumed. So was decline. All around him, tennis was evolving, getting younger. There was a new wave. The Legend had been rendered to an opponent.

But at this tournament he's won seven times, Roger was Roger again—surging, crisp, and visibly confident with that bigger-headed racket, and a note from coach Stefan Edberg to push toward the net and apply pressure. Mentally, Federer looked reconnected. There had been wins at smaller tournaments, and a run to the semifinals in January in Australia, and he'd had some fortune on his side of the Wimbledon bracket, with Nadal pushed out in the fourth round. But there was an edge to his game now, and it showed itself in the quarterfinal against Swiss countryman Stanislas Wawrinka, and in his short work of Milos Raonic in the semis. Versus Djokovic, Federer saved a fourth-set match point to push it to a fifth set. (That fourth set was a perfect microcosm of Federer's late career: politely declared done, his end coming soon, and then, suddenly…)

昨日の夜フェデラーの方を応援してしまった方には共感できるエッセイだと思います。

ちょっと横道に逸れますが、トランセンデンスやHerなど人工知能が映画でも取り上げるようになりましたが、言語理解がどこまで進むのか、興味があります。映画では普通に会話していますが、今回のエッセイのサブタイトルにあったようなRoger was Roger againという文意を理解するのは背景知識があってのことで、単文主義的な理解だと含意はつかめないと思うんですよね。
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