Kiah's Reviews > Strokes of Genius: Federer, Nadal, and the Greatest Match Ever Played

Strokes of Genius by L. Jon Wertheim
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Aug 26, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: truthiness
Recommended to Kiah by: Andrew Stem
Recommended for: any sports fan
Read in October, 2009 — I own a copy

I've been all about sports writing lately, and this is a well-written, very quick read. Wertheim is a writer for Sports Illustrated and is no slouch, and mixes the details and play-by-play (sometimes point-by-point, sometimes game-by-game) of the Greatest (tennis) Match Ever Played with background information on Federer, Nadal, Wimbledon, and even the umpire for the match, as well as info on broadcasting Wimbledon, etc. Call me a geek for reading a book about a tennis match, but the gentlemen's final at Wimbledon in 2008 is hands-down the best tennis match ever played (though 2009's Wimbledon final pitting Federer baaaaarely over Andy Roddick certainly gives the Federer-Nadal match a run for its money), and this book truly captures the excitement and emotion that was in the air both in Centre Court, and in every living room around the world where tennis fans and sports fans and even just fans of some good drama were glued to their sets watching these two men grind out point after glorious point. Wertheim does a good job setting up this Wimbledon final's historical context, and makes a fine case for this match (and the Federer-Nadal rivalry that hasn't been as prominent this year, but has certainly ruled men's tennis for quite a few years prior) putting tennis back on the map. Though I have to say, nothing beats actually watching this match, which will, I promise you, leave you speechless and probably jumping out of your seat from time to time. And in case you missed the final, you poor soul, you can purchase the DVD here:

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message 1: by Bob (new)

Bob Redmond Yes. It is tragic that some of us had to work that day... I'll always rue that commitment, and having to walk away in the middle of the third set to _go to the office_ on a Sunday morning. Maybe I can enjoy the DVD one of these days. At least the Australian Open (and semi-final, especially) in 2009 were jaw-dropping enjoyment. What a rivalry, eh?

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