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Strokes of Genius: Federer v Nadal, Rivals in Greatness Hardcover – 25 Jun 2009


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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: JR Books Ltd (25 Jun 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906779392
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906779399
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 2.3 x 21.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 235,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Susan France on 23 July 2009
Format: Hardcover
As an avid tennis fan and someone who was inspired to play tennis again after watching this epic 2008 Wimbledon final I couldn't wait for this book to arrive and I wasn't disappointed. I didn't put it down until I had finished it. Apart from the match itself it gave a great insight into aspects of the game that we don't really get to see or experience and also the players' early lives. A great read.
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Wimbledon Men's Final 2008: Champion Roger Federer going for a record 6th title in a row, against his nemesis, the Spaniard Rafael Nadal. Rain caused a late start, and then interrupted the flow of the match later on: would it actually end before the fading light forced play to stop (this was the year before the roof on Centre Court was finished), or would the players have to return the next day to finish it off? In a 5-set thriller lasting a little under 5 hours, in what many people now think of as one of the greatest tennis matches ever, we had our answer.

Wertheim skilfully weaves into and around his description of the match a mini-biography of each player, discussion of the "Fedal" rivalry and the players' playing styles, a view behind the scenes at the world's most famous tennis tournament, a lot of background information and much more, to give a quite riveting read which should be of interest to any tennis fan, and even those who are just curious about the sport and what makes a champion. My only caveats are that it's written for an American audience, and some of the sporting/cultural references may go over British readers' heads, and that I have niggling doubts as to the accuracy of a few of the facts. I originally borrowed this book from the library, and liked it so much that I read it through *twice*: something which hardly ever happens.
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I am halfway through this book, but so far I love it. Rarely have I read a book by a sports writer with so much talent and flair with words. It is a pleasure to read. While being factually accurate, it is concise, imaginative, gripping and really tells a story. (Many sports books seem to be a hastily assembled list of facts and dates, not written in an imaginative style.) For me this stands out like a beacon. The two characters (Federer and Nadal) come alive almost like protagonists in a novel. Packed with anecdotes and penetrating insights into the world of tennis. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Just hope that the author sees fit to write another book about the game. Would love to contact him and tell him how much I admire and enjoy the book.
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Lovely read and very informative about a single great sporting occasion, but it also provdes a wonderful insight into two of the most compelling sports people of our times and what has to be one of the most wonderful sporting rivalries of all time. You can't help but love both Federer and Nadal. Would highly recommend this book.
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By C. Christon on 28 Dec 2011
Format: Hardcover
The reviews I had read about this book were spot on so when the book arrived it was exactly what I was expecting. Book was in great condition so was delighted with the purchase.
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