Describing himself as a "real admirer" of Roger Federer, Bollywood star Aamir Khan has revealed that he watched the Swiss tennis ace win the Wimbledon Championships for a fifth successive time on Sunday night.
"Super match. Am a real admirer of Federer. Love the focus and passion with which he plays", wrote Khan after watching Federer beat Spaniard Rafael Nadal in a nail biting five-set final.
Khan was about to pen down his blog on www.lagaandvd.com website Sunday evening when the lure of a prospective titanic court battle on Wimbledon's famed centre court pulled him away from the computer after just one paragraph.
"Was about to start on my new post, but Nadal just won the second set. One set all, Federer and Nadal beckon, time to get back to the TV. Will be back soon. I'm backing Federer", he informed his fans, who eagerly wait for his blog. He received 120 hits for this one paragraph alone.
After the final when Federer had equalled legendary Swede Bjorn Borg's five successive Wimbledon titles, an apparently overwhelmed Aamir returned to try to translate his feelings for the world number one into words.
"I find that when I watch him play I feel inspired to do better work, though it has no connection. I don't know how to explain it", he gushed in praise of the cool Swiss.
"And he has no extra posturing and no silly attempts to do stuff to grab attention. He just does his thing and goes away. What a guy!" said Khan, who himself is known for his even temperament and quality films he does.
For the record, Khan's post, which was largely about his films, attracted 772 comments from his fans.
Incidentally, Khan himself is a more-than-decent tennis player, as was seen in August 2002 when he played an exhibition match against former Wimbledon champion Boris Becker of Germany in Delhi.
The announcer had then declared that Khan had apparently practised for a few weeks in all seriousness before taking on Becker at the Delhi Lawn Tennis Association courts. Khan received loud applause from the spectators for his effort on court.