Strokes of Genius: Federer, Nadal, and the Greatest Match Ever Played

Strokes of Genius Federer Nadal and the Greatest Match Ever Played In the Wimbledon men s final Centre Court was a stage set worthy of Shakespearean drama Five time champion Roger Federer was on track to take his rightful place as the most dominant player in th

  • Title: Strokes of Genius: Federer, Nadal, and the Greatest Match Ever Played
  • Author: L. Jon Wertheim
  • ISBN: 9780547232805
  • Page: 343
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In the 2008 Wimbledon men s final, Centre Court was a stage set worthy of Shakespearean drama Five time champion Roger Federer was on track to take his rightful place as the most dominant player in the history of the game He just needed to cling to his trajectory So in the last few moments of daylight, Centre Court witnessed a coronation Only it wasn t a crowning for tIn the 2008 Wimbledon men s final, Centre Court was a stage set worthy of Shakespearean drama Five time champion Roger Federer was on track to take his rightful place as the most dominant player in the history of the game He just needed to cling to his trajectory So in the last few moments of daylight, Centre Court witnessed a coronation Only it wasn t a crowning for the Swiss heir apparent but for a swashbuckling Spaniard Twenty two year old Rafael Nadal prevailed, in five sets, in what was, according to the author, essentially a four hour, forty eight minute infomercial for everything that is right about tennis a festival of skill, accuracy, grace, strength, speed, endurance, determination, and sportsmanship It was also the encapsulation of a fascinating rivalry, hard fought and of historic proportions.In the tradition of John McPhee s classic Levels of the Game, Strokes of Genius deconstructs this defining moment in sport, using that match as the backbone of a provocative, thoughtful, and entertaining look at the science, art, psychology, technology, strategy, and personality that go into a single tennis match.With vivid, intimate detail, Wertheim re creates this epic battle in a book that is both a study of the mechanics and art of the game and the portrait of a rivalry as dramatic as that of Ali Frazier, Palmer Nicklaus, and McEnroe Borg.

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    • L. Jon Wertheim

      L Jon Wertheim is the executive editor of Sports Illustrated A sports journalist with a passion for psychology and economics, he is the author of such New York Times bestsellers as Scorecasting written with Toby Moskowitz and You Can t Make This Up written with Al Michaels.

    169 thoughts on “Strokes of Genius: Federer, Nadal, and the Greatest Match Ever Played

    • A competent, if not entirely inspiring, recounting of The Greatest Tennis Match Ever Played. Wertheim here is let down by his subject matter. At the end of day, neither Nadal nor Federer make for compelling personas off the court. Their stable upbringings - both emotionally and financially - are notable only in so-far as they are the exception to the rule amongst the elite of the athletically gifted. But when fleshed out in long form, their respective tales feel more like requisite biographical [...]


    • Două sunt meciurile de tenis care m-au enervat cel mai mult: meciul Simonei cu Sharapova în finala Roland Garros; meciul pierdut de Federer în 2008 cu Nadal, în finala Wimbledon 2008.Despre cel din urmă meci este vorba în cartea pe care am devorat-o în ultimele două zile, acesta fiind analizat în amănunt, aducând însă și o mulțime de amănunte interesante despre viața și cariera celor doi protagoniști, cei doi fiind jucătorii care au dominat (până la apariția lui Djokovic, [...]


    • I never in a million years thought I would read a book about sports, let alone a single sporting event. However, there's no exaggeration when it comes to this tennis match.The book covers much more than just the components of the match, such as shots, drama, etc. Wertheim really delves into Federer & Nadal's personalities, backgrounds, and families (which I loved), in addition to the isolated chair umpires and the larger context of tennis in the world today. It's truly full of fascinating ti [...]


    • This will be a slow read. Not because I don't like it. But because that match is still painful to me. My emotions in tennis tend to stay with me a long time! I'm sure I could watch the final or Roland-Garros that Ferrero lost in 2002 and be as pissed at him that I was back then. ***Very interesting! I really like all the part about the players, the umpire, the tennis world. Though I couldn't enjoyed the descriptions of the match for the reason stated above.I'm reading the French translation, so [...]


    • I confess up front that I am a devoted Roger Federer fan. This book is the chronicle of one tennis match from the first point to the last: the gentlemen's Wimbledon final 2008 between Roger Federer of Switzerland and Rafael Nadal of Spain. In between, there are diversions into the lives and the psyches of each man. Despite my lamenting the eventual Federer loss, this is an utterly compelling and intriguing read.


    • The best sports writing I've read since George Plimpton's "Paper Lion." This book not only tells the dramatic story of the greatest tennis match ever played (the book's subtitle isn't hyperbole, in my opinion), but also takes you inside the most compelling rivalry in sports. Forget Yankees-Red Sox. Forget Duke-UNC. Two men, different styles, different paths, one the greatest tennis player ever, the other the one man he can't quite shake. I loved this book.


    • A must read for tennis fans. Inspired by what some consider the greatest tennis match ever: Wimbledon 2008 between Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal. Great background information on both players. Having watched the match, this was like reliving it but this time having a tennis expert sitting next to me discussing every possible thought that popped up in my head. I couldn't put it down.


    • The writing was okay, but it had a bunch of lovely little facts about Roger and Rafa. I was borderline 4 stars for it, because it let me relive some of that emotionally draining 2008 Wimbledon final good.


    • I haven't read this yet, but if you're a tennis fan, you should read it. Even if you're just a sports fan, go get it. L. Jon Wertheim knows tennis, he knows sports, he is hilarious, and the man can write. Looking forward to it.


    • If you watched last year's Wimbledon final or are even a casual fan of tennis, then you will love this book. You kind of wish Feds and Rafa could have both won by the end of the book!





    • I am a sports fan because of my parents. Both are athletes and athletic - my mom played catcher at softball, and that is also where I play in fast-pitch (although I'm kinda retired). In my family, it was never quite a question as to whether or not you would like sports, it was just a way of life, something we were born into.I am a tennis fan because growing up, my dad and I would watch all the majors together (at that time, there was no ESPN, so we only got the Slams on TV). Dad would tell me th [...]


    • Rating:4 1/2 of 5 stars (excellent)Review:Mention the word “Wimbledon” and even non-tennis fans immediately know that you are talking about one of the most prestigious sporting events of the year. So when the finals pit the top two players at the time playing in a match that some consider the greatest tennis match ever played, it will take on a life of its own. L. Jon Wertheim writes about the match and that life it takes in “Strokes of Genius”, a riveting account of the 2008 Wimbledon f [...]


    • Tennis players rarely catch the attention of the American public anymore, even as modern racquet technology and training techniques have made the sport more exciting. The sport has been dominated by Europeans for the last decade, and its old country club following has largely gravitated to golf. Despite the Williams sisters' mastery of the women's game, it takes a truly epic match between the top players for tennis to be water cooler fodder. Sports Illustrated writer L. Jon Wertheim recounts suc [...]


    • Wertheim's a solid writer, period, and he makes any pro tennis storyline -- or match, as this fairly brief read is all about that more-than-classic '08 Wimbledon final, Roger Federer vs. Rafael Nadal -- immensely readable. The Ivy-educated lawyer turned sports scribe has an easy way with words, making his prose breezy and It doesn't hurt when I'm passionate about the subject matter, either.This book was ripe to be written, and few could have done it better. A couple of those who maybe could were [...]


    • Ah, the greatest match ever played. Some people argue — namely some fellow tennis fans of mine who are not Federer or Nadal fans — "This was not the greatest match ever played!" But then my retort would be, "Then what was?" And they go talking about old tennis legends who are known to be legends, but also the players they have never seen play.Yes, I admit, I'm a Federer fan for life because YOLO(Just kidding). But I am. And a Nadal fan. Then whose side was I on during the match? Federer, of [...]


    • Strokes of Genius recaps the 2008 Wimbledon final between Federer and Nadal, allegedly the greatest match ever. Wertheim manages to recreate the moments in detail, and weaves in details of the tournament, the ATP, tennis icons and history throughout. He also has sections dedicated to personal histories of Federer and Nadal. I also liked the insights from the interviews and quotes from the players, coaches, and anyone involved on their teams. For tennis fans, and fans of Federer and/or Nadal, thi [...]


    • 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 [...]


    • Watching this match was so intense. And I love both of these guys. So when I found this book for like 7 bucks, I thought it should be fun to read on a plane ride to Spain. I laughed at the introduction, where Nadal and Federer are compared. So hilarious. I don't see the 'bull' comparison with Nadal. But I guess since he is from Spain Despite some of the over dramatized fluff, its fun to read. I do think that a lot of what is described about the players, behind the scenes, is hyperbole and specul [...]


    • This is the most evocative and illuminating sports writing I have read. It achieves with words what visuals have failed to deliver in capturing the action, mood and backdrop of tennis at Wimbledon. In a way, it does what slow-motion replays intend to do when they zone in on the particularities of a shot or the shotmaker. Here, the replay is through riveting storytelling.This book could only have been written by someone whose sports knowledge goes wide and deep. He knows the little tics of each t [...]


    • I thought I would do a lot more skimming than I actually didd let me tell you: a year ago I would never have imagined myself reading a sports book (I never could make it thru Infinite Jest, and always thought the tennis had a lot to do with it). But this was tremendous fun: I'd seen the match on tv and been totally transfixed by these guys, so I loved this little book so full of background information about the personalities, the sport, Wimbledon, and the match itself. Wertheim didn't assume ten [...]


    • A yeoman's effort. It is a competently, if not all that engagingly written book about one of the most legendary matches in tennis history. The writer tries to bring the reader "into" the match with small details and "insider" type knowledge, but instead that actually distracts from the story. He wasn't there in the men's locker room watching what they did, and neither Federer or Nadal sat and did an interview to give him a by the minute account. It comes across feeling phony, or plodding in that [...]


    • I grew up watching tennis with my parents. And in the summer, when we'd go with my Mom to stay at my Grandparents' cottage and the TV only got two channels without static, Wimbledon was a mainstay. It was the Sampras, Agassi, Graf, and Seles era.I've followed tennis to varying degrees in the years since, with certain players occasionally grabbing my attention and drawing me back (Justine Henin and Roger Federer are two big examples in the 2000's). But no one who's even slightly interested in ten [...]


    • Strokes of Genius was a fun, light read, although not a particularly deep or heavy one. There was nothing groundbreaking or earth-shattering, and there were no major revelations shared. What we had was a great tennis match--one for the ages. The author does a good job recounting the specific details of the match and expands his coverage to include additional details about each player's career (without this, it would have been difficult to make the story long enough for a book). I enjoyed some of [...]


    • I feel like there are more than a few sports books in this format: a recount of the game/match/event with information and anecdotes and backstories interspersed throughout. Unfortunately, I haven't read any other ones to compare to this. This book was just a joy to breeze through, though. It was nice to learn a bit more about Federer and Nadal, the descriptions of the match were fantastic, and the overarching significance of the match was delved into as well. There's also a bit about the chair u [...]


    • Reading Strokes of Genius reminded me of how much I appreciate engaging, wordy sports writing in general, and Jon Wertheim's writing in particular. I don't think sports writing need be either all technical and black and white or a version of narrative non-fiction that embellishes so much it's really fiction. I think sports writing is an art, like poetry. Wertheim so seamlessly interweaves the narrative of this stunning five set match from last year with a variety of side stories, from the story [...]


    • As he did in "Venus Envy", Wertheim digs deep and eloquently explores the far-reaching significance of his central topic, which here is the 2008 Federer-Nadal Wimbledon final. It's compelling reading whether you saw The Greatest Match Ever Played or not. By the way, it is the GMEP, no question. That match made time stop and it was both wonderful and wrenching to witness it. As the author articulates his case:"Tick off the Classic Sporting Event checklist and this match had it all--skill, courage [...]


    • This was a nice little book, probably more like 3.5 starts instead of 4. Federer & Nadal have been so enjoyable to watch not only because of their exceptional skill, but because they are indeed really nice guys, too. While this book is about that historical match 2 years ago, it also shares a fair amount about the players lives and supports the nice guy image that they have. They're the two best players on the court still today, but they're not you're typical superstar athletes, which makes [...]


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