The biggest upset in Tennis History? Nah, I dont think so …

First of all, I am still “recovering” from the huge disappointment I have (as a fan) with Roger Federer’s monumental loss in the 2nd round of Wimbledon 2013, to Sergiy Stakhovsky, who is a journeyman tennis player (at best).

After 36 consecutive Grand Slam QuarterFinals over 9 years (I repeat, 9 years!), the streak comes to an end.

Some quick thoughts:

– Am amazed at the equanimity with which Federer has handled this devastating loss

– Do you think Stakhovsky has a good story to tell his grandchildren? Who broke what is the most remarkable of all of Federer’s numerous records? “Me, Stakhovsky!”

– The tennis landscape is soo deep nowadays and the Big4 has been so consistent over the past few years that people lose sight of the fact that if a top player is slightly below his standards and the opponent have a brilliant day, anything can happen. Let us not allow the remarkable consistency of the Top4 to mask the basic fact that Tennis, as a true global sport, is ultra-competitive.

I am sure Federer will be wondering “What next?” over the next few days/weeks/months.

I sure hope that he does not linger on and on and keep losing to the guys like this. (I wrote this right after Federer won Wimbledon 2012 and rose to No:1, for what must surely be the last time he will be No:1)

For 9 years, Federer did not lose to folks other than other all-time greats, Grand Slam winners and big-hitters (Tsonga, Berdych, Soderling).

I hope it now not the turn of “Ranking 100-1000” folks to get their chance at the Greatest Of All Time (GOAT)! 🙂

Is this the greatest upset in Tennis? Hardly, IMHO. I can think of the following which should rank higher:

– Pete Sampras, as 4-time defending champion, going down to Richard Krajicek in Wimbledon 1996, while Sampras was at his absolute peak

– Rafael Nadal, as 4-time defending champion, going down to Robin Soderling in French Open 2009, while Nadal was at his absolute peak and having won 3 of the previous 4 Grand Slams

Yes, Federer losing in the 2nd round in a Grand Slam where his record over the past 10 years: 7 Wins, 1 Finals, 2 QF, is remarkable. But not the biggest upset IMHO.


WOF (War On Fat): How I could end up looking?

My friend shared this picture with me claiming that this is how I would end up looking … 🙂


Too much weight loss and this could be how I would end up ...

Too much weight loss and this could be how I would end up …




Another friend suggests that I could end up with a body which does not have a profile view (side view) but only front or back view. Kind of like this fish, but in reverse (side view is thin and front view is normal) … 🙂

What a front profile ...

What a front profile …






WOF (War On Fat): Weapon-1

Do we take exam preparation advice from someone who has failed 8th grade 10 times?

Do we take “Integrity” lessons from the Tour De France winner who got busted for taking steroids?

Do we take fitness lessons from applicants to the TV show “Biggest Loser”? (But we definitely can take advice from the folks who successfully compete in the show)

Do we take advice regarding the “spirit of the game” from a Match-Fixer?

Do we take advice regarding treating support staff (read, “line judges”) with respect from the top Woman Tennis player who threatened to shove the tennis ball down the judge’s throat?

Do we take advice in Financial security from someone who has gone bankrupt multiple times?

Do we take advice in keeping sober from the movie actress who seems to have made Drug Rehab Center her 2nd home?

The list can go on and on …

The point is to turn to trust-worthy sources for advice on health. I am definitely NOT a walking health machine. I have my own struggles and issues. I am lucky to have some friends and contacts who inspire me.

WOF Weapon No:1 == Right source of information and tips

When my friend, who can run 8 miles (not kilometers!) at a brisk pace at the drop of a hat, gives me some tip, I listen!





WOF (War On Fat): Why???

Just the other day, my friend asked me “Why are you doing all this?”. Well, I asked myself this question and following are the answers I have come up with.
(A) My WOF decision in January 2013 and the thoughts I had published then
I consider myself to be slightly above average in health and fitness. What is this based on? Well, this is just based on what my eyes tell me 🙂 I do moderate physical activity and I play several games (recreationally) as well. Squash, Tennis, Cricket and Ping-Pong (Table Tennis) are the games I play nowadays. (I used to play Badminton pretty well… during my B-Tech days).
I am not the best Squash player I personally know. There are folks who beat me.
I am not the best Cricket player I personally know. There are folks who bat/bowl/field better than me.

I am not the best Tennis player I personally know. There are folks who beat me.

I am not the best Table Tennis player I personally know. There are folks who beat me.

But, if like in Decathlon, there happened to be a tournament where these 4 sports (or a subset or a superset (of more sports)) are played by all players and the individual players are given an overall rank based on the cumulative points from each individual sport, I should do pretty well. In other words, I play these games pretty well, as far as non-professionals go.

Why am I saying all this? To illustrate that I am slightly above average, as is, in terms of physical fitness.

Now, I want to take it to another level. I want to be one of the fittest (if not the fittest) person I personally know, in my age group.

As it is, I dont struggle with motivation and I am pretty regular in the activities I do. But as I said, I am aiming for Gold here 🙂 Based on data from several research papers, I am about to embark on a Social Experiment on myself.

The experiment entails me publishing my daily activity log as well as my daily diet log, with some insights and thoughts, based on what I get from similar-minded folks and what I see with myself. By publishing this data, I hope to get added motivation to zoom towards my goal. With most of us sitting on our asses most of the time (due to the nature of our jobs), I think this is as good a time as any to push the physical limits a little bit.


(a) Due to various reasons (Injury, Failure of the Social Experiment to keep me motivated, Me weighing 20Kg after losing too much weight :-)), this Social Experiment could come to an abrupt halt. Time will tell.

(b) I am no Physical Expert. I am just a regular guy who hope to keep things under control.

(B) Why?

– Why do people climb Everest and spent years in each attempt?

– Why do people bicycle through countries and continents and spent significant time, money and energy towards it?

– Why do people practice for years and become an expert in a musical instrument?

The point is, we are all surprised at what others might do. We try and judge it through the prism of our own views and deem something we do not understand or something we do not value as a waste of time or some temporary fad.

Reason No:1

I want a physique like Novak Djokovic, the No:1 Tennis player in the World. There, I said it :-). It is fine to laugh till your stomach hurts. But the cliche is to “aim for the sky”, right? Well, this is my “Sky”. I want INFINITE STAMINA + LEAN LOOK.

# What I want

Novak Djokovic's perfect physique ...

Novak Djokovic’s perfect physique …

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# What I do not want

(No offense to overweight people. It is just that that look is not what I am going for)

Overweight Guy ...

Overweight Guy …

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# What I do not want

(No offense to muscular people. It is just that that look is not what I am going for)

Musclular Guy ...

Musclular Guy …

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Reason No:2

Being fit makes me feel good about myself.

Reason No:3

Being fit gives me more Energy.

Well, why do I want all these?

Hmmmm …

Why does a person like to wear good clothes? Why do women wear jewellery? Why do women wear makeup? Why do someone listen to music all the time? Why does someone watch Tennis all the time? Why does someone like fancy cars?

Why does anyone want anything?


WOF (War On Fat) Tip: Lifestyle …

Just an hour back, while I was on my way to the Gym, a neighbour who was also headed to the Gym asked me, “Why are you going to the Gym? You look pretty fine to me … My case is different as I need to lose a lot of weight”.

Do you see the problem in his thought process?

For some reason, folks think that healthy diet choices and healthy lifestyle choices (like regular exercise) are required only when a crisis situation arises.

– You scored triple-hundred in the latest Cholesterol numbers from the Lab Tests?

– Family and Friends making snide remarks about your girth?

– You flunked the Fitness Test for Military enrollment?


You get the picture.

My answer to my neighbour would have been, “My friend, thanks for the generous remark. But if it is true, it is all the more reason for me to work out regularly. Fitness is not a “on a whim” activity. It has to be a lifestyle activity requiring dedication. Maintenance of a fitness level is much tougher than attaining a fitness level”. Actually, in this case, I did not say anything. I just smiled and shrugged.

There is no “Destination” as far as fitness goes, in my opinion. You try and achieve a level and then comes the tougher job of maintaining that level. All this is assuming that the goal you are trying to attain is important to you. A lot of folks get momentary inspiration to “get fit” and that inspiration lasts for a few weeks and then the lifestyle is back to good old ways.

The primary question we should ask ourselves: Is being fit important to me? (Why should I be fit? Am I willing to make sacrifices? Am I willing to show dedication?)

If the answer to the above question is “NO”, that is a very understandable answer. Who am I to judge others’ decisions about their own fitness levels? But if we answer “YES” to the above question, then we should zone in and be disciplined.

Yesterday, while I was out for a drink and dinner with my friend, I had to have some Paneer Curry which was obscenely dripping in oil. Here is an example of my not attaining a perfect mental control yet. Need to keep plugging away …

One thought comes to mind: Is “Oil” the cheapest ingredient in the World? Why are people using it so much? It is quite frustrating to see every dish just dripping in (cheap?) saturated fat. Looks like the entire Food Industry wants us to stay unhealthy and overweight. Chips? Fried Snacks? Soda? Oily Curries? Buttery Pizzas? Chemical-filled Juices? Man, is the battle-line drawn or what!