– Aristotle, ancient Greek philosopher, student of Plato, teacher of Alexander The Great.

Happy Monday, Guangzhou! We’re a little bleary-eyed this morning after staying up last night to watch the Wimbledon gentlemen’s championship final between Roger Federer (#3) and Andy Murray (#4) live on TV.

Here in Asia, the match didn’t finish until nearly 2am and of course, we were so wired from all the excitement that it took us a while to calm down enough to actually go to bed and sleep. Such an intensely compelling nail-biter of a match, with a historically significant win for either player hanging in the balance…with all the action and drama that accompanies such a showdown.

Murray was all gangbusters in the first set, buoyed by a highly supportive and extremely vocal home crowd, while Federer was out of sorts, struggling to control a wayward forehand. That 40-minute rain delay early in the third set – which had us scurrying to Facebook at midnight while we waited for play to resume – ultimately benefited Federer who emerged to play again like his old self, the Federer we’ve come to know and love all these years. The cool, calm, collected champion playing masterful tennis seemingly effortlessly (while making his poor opponent run around the court, falling and stumbling, and desperately fight until the bitter end for every last point). In the end, it was Federer’s persistence and experience that prevailed.

It could have gone the other way so easily. Great Britain was already getting ready for a national celebration, with Murray poised to become a British athletic icon to surpass David Beckham. During a year when their queen is celebrating her Diamond Jubilee and just two weeks before the Olympic Games opens in London… what a party it could have been for Murray indeed. No wonder he broke down during the post-match interviews, poor guy – we couldn’t help but feel for him, especially when we saw his mother and his girlfriend were in tears too.

Today’s quote reminds me of something that Federer mentioned during his post-match interview. He talked about “challenges” and “changes” in his life during the past couple of years, hinting of his two-year Grand Slam title drought, but that, he “never stopped dreaming”. And that even though he is now married with a family of his own, he just “played even more tennis than before.”

7-time Wimbledon champion and back to being world #1…to get there, Roger Federer just “played even more tennis than before”

You are what you repeatedly do, indeed. In Federer’s case, he has now claimed a historic 7th Wimbledon title and reclaimed the title of being the world’s #1 tennis player. Congratulations, Roger, well played!!!

today’s Aristotle quote with this great motivational “can-do” image is from one of our favourite websites, Sparkpeople! what an awesome way to start our week 🙂

Did you watch the Federer-Murray final in your corner of the world? Who were you rooting for? Were you happy or broken-hearted with the outcome???

Que Caliente! Rafa Nadal in Mallorca

Wimbledon season has officially begun!
I’m super-excited to watch Spanish champ Rafa Nadal, fresh from his French Open triumph and currently ranked #2 in the world, attempt to take the Wimbledon title for the third time. Let’s hope he reaches the finals and plays against either Roger Federer (#3) or Novak Djokovic (#1) for another thrilling showdown of masterful tennis!

Prior to his arrival in the UK, it was refreshing to see him unwind and chill in his hometown of Mallorca, cooking in the kitchen and hanging out with family and friends. Just in case you’re wondering….no, he and I are not personally acquainted…but I am on his Facebook feed. His posts are in Spanish, obviously, but Facebook provides translations, if I want. Rather stalker-y of me, isn’t it? But there you go, that’s the power of social media in today’s world.

Anyway, in anticipation of a 2012 Wimbledon trophy for Rafa, here’s a quick glimpse of the champion relaxing at his beautiful beachside home in Mallorca. He’s looking all sorts of caliente in all the pics, of course (you ladies and gays out there can thank me in the Comments below:-) But we can also see a little bit of what his terraza overlooking the Mediterranean sea looks like. I like the pop of teal on the beach pillows against the white expanse of the terrace, don’t you? We see that he has a pool and, as befitting a top-class athlete, a nice home gym. I do wish we had more shots of the interiors because judging from its exterior, it looks like it would be a stylish beach house inside too!

As for the last pic in the gallery, which has nothing to do with his beach house WHATSOEVER, I have to confess that I saved the best for last. That is simply gratuitous. So, relax, feast your eyes and enjoy. La vida es demasiado corta (life’s too short).

I have to thank the folks over at the Rafael Nadal fan site http://www.vamosbrigade.com for the pics, which were culled from Rafa’s exclusive interviews for Spanish celebrity magazine Hola! and for the German edition of Tennis Magazine.

Will YOU be watching Wimbledon? WHO are you rooting for???