Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Federer vs.Nadal

I had an amazing Sunday morning in front of the tube watching Roger Federer play Rafa Nadal at Wimbledon. #1 & #2 in the world and both at the top of their game, it was a fantastic match. I yelled out loud at least 10 times and was even up pacing. I'm sure the match will be on ESPN Classic soon. I thought Bruce Jenkins of the SF Chronicle captured it nicely, calling it Wimbledon's Greatest Match Ever.

My favorite Jenkins line, "With the casual aplomb of a gentleman pouring a glass of wine, Federer sent it whistling through the darkness with a blistering cross-court backhand winner."

Jenkins is a great writer and his Saturday morning column, The Three Dot Lounge is a must read. Every year he covers Wimbledon and I look forward to his writing. Check him out on Saturdays.

The match also brought to mind David Foster Wallace's essay on Federer a while back. This is the single best sports essay I've ever read and I think it's a must read! Wallace captures Federer at his best, calling Federer's play a "Religous Experience." I really can't do it justice in my description. It's just a must read.