Tennis player Roger Federer was breathtaking, dominating the sport in a way that has made even Pete Sampras shake his head. Federer was one match short of winning the Grand Slam this year – edged out in France again by Rafael Nadal – but otherwise was in a class of his own and playing a level of tennis that leaves others gasping. It should be mentioned that Justine Henin-Hardenne was also dominating women’s tennis, making all four Grand Slam finals, and winning one, as well as the WTA end of year championship. Meanwhile, Tiger Woods did what he does, like winning half a dozen titles in a row, in a sport where most are satisfied with a regular top 10 finish, and Kelly Slater won an eighth men’s world surfing title, even when only showing up when he needed to. Italy won the World Cup despite all sorts of problems at home – from match-fixing scandals to falling crowds and gang violence at games.

Crikey readers say:

“Italy, for winning the biggest prize in the biggest global sporting contest.” — Lakun Agrawal.

Peter Fray

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