It was a magical moment in tennis, a drawn-out victory, a drama momentarily suspended due to one final complication, until Federer looked up to the scoreboard: no doubt about it, the ball had touched the line, just by one or two centimetres, but that was enough – game, set and match to Roger Federer!
What happens next suggests that, in this moment, Federer has just won more than a tennis match, even more than an important tournament: he throws his arms up in the air like a big kid, grinning from ear to ear, lost in the moment, jumping up and down. He walks to the net to congratulate his opponent and returns to the court with tears in his eyes. He then takes a knee. Not in a kitschy way, but rather gallantly. Like a nobleman being knighted.