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Strokes of Genius: Federer, Nadal, and the Greatest Match Ever Played (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 4. Juni 2009

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“Imagine a world heavyweight championship fight in a cathedral. Jon Wertheim brings one back to nail-biting-life in Strokes of Genius. His stirring blow-by-blow (and behind the scenes) account of the 2008 collision of Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal in the tennis temple—Wimbledon's Centre Court—illuminates a kingdom changing hands. An engrossing book, Nadal over Federer overseen by Wertheim make an unforgettable trio.”
Bud Collins

“... A volume that should appeal to those who care little about tennis. Why? Because it manages to be -- simultaneously -- about achieving greatness at an endeavor, about handling the fame wrought by greatness, about the psychology of friendship and sportsmanship, about the role of sports in societies and about the positives and negatives of intense competition.” —Cleveland Plain-Dealer

“Wertheim has not only given that glorious moment in tennis history the precise kind of literary treatment it merits, but he has done more than that. Writing with clarity and superb interpretive insight, conveying a depth of appreciation for both players that few of his peers could equal, building drama across chapter after chapter, Wertheim does a masterful job of allowing all of us to revisit an incomparable occasion . . . Compelling and penetrating . . . An honorable piece of work, one that will appeal across the board to fans, and one that will enhance the landscape of tennis literature.”

“Compelling . . . Hardcore tennis fans will revel in Wertheim’s expertise and his proximity to the players and their event; others can’t help but be attracted to a vision of two champions and a rivalry in their prime." — Booklist, starred review

“Comprehensive and thoroughly engaging . . . Wertheim’s informative backstories behind the clash itself and the contrasting personalities...should convince readers that this drama-filled and high-quality duel of tennis titans gives the historic 1980 Borg-McEnroe final a well-earned run for its money. Recommended.” — Library Journal

“Gripping . . . Wertheim’s involving tone is well suited to the sweep of his project, which successfully reawakens the excitement of one of the greatest encounters in sports history.” — am NewYork

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Great Book About A Great Match 14. Mai 2009
Von J. R. Taylor - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
It's amazing that years can go by without a great tennis book, and now in 2009 - only a month after "A Terrible Splendor" - we've got another one.
Wertheim is one of the best tennis writers around, and one of the fairest, and he brings the 2008 Wimbledon final to life with a highly readable portrait of both Federer and Nadal, and how their games combined to create a clash for the ages.
An interesting and informed analysis of the tennis itself is complemented by the author's take on the two players that lets the reader understand why each has such passionate fans, and on the tennis scene, whose absurdities inspire a number of humorous asides.
If the book has one relative weakness, it's that it doesn't have a broader context in the way that "A Terrible Splendor" does. But in terms of getting to the heart of why tennis (and sports in general) can be so enthralling, the book definitely scores. Since finishing it, I'm eager to re-watch the DVD of the final with Wertheim's writing in mind.
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Missed opportunity 13. Mai 2009
Von H J - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
The initial idea for Wertheim's book was to write about Federer but the concept changed after witnessing that historic Wimbledon final.

Instead, the author tells the tale of a fantastic match between two champions during which time briefly stopped for every tennis fan lucky enough to see it. Not only does he go through the match, set by set, but he also paints the background of not only Federer and Nadal (which didn't have any information that isn't already available on the internet) but it also has an interesting insight into the career of the umpire Pascal Maria.

The author does not seem to have been able to get close to both players or to their environment to get a real insight, you don't get direct reactions from them or their coaches, no interviews. You read the tale based on old press articles and interviews. Other than a few nice but brief glimpses in the locker rooms, there's nothing extra. Only information that a keen tennis fan already knew from the daily press.

Furthermore, you get the feeling that, in his mind, the author never really stepped away from his idea to write about Federer. Describing the players, he gets stuck in stereotypes and tired old clichés of both. Some of those have an element of truth but other descriptions are off base and dated. You expect more from an experienced tennis journalist.

It's a missed opportunity. My advice would be to get a copy of this match on DVD to (re)live the experience with your own eyes.
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no unique insights, but still an entertaining read 11. Juni 2009
Von Marcela M. - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
As a faithful reader of Wertheim's tennis mailbag on CNNSI for 10 years, I looked forward to reading this book. Sadly, I was a little disappointed. Wertheim's Fedophilia came across in every page and Nadal just seemed like an afterthought. Fed is graceful, brilliant, gifted, Nadal on the other hand is infantile, grips his racket like a caveman, and is a simple brute. Wertheim plays on the Swiss stereotypes v. the Spanish stereotypes too often: Calm, meticulous, organized, a multi-lingual diplomat, versus emotional, passionate, monolingual macho. Which is inaccurate as Nadal speaks Spanish, Catalan, the native language of Manacor, and English.

What I enjoyed the most were the sections on how the sport has evolved, the background info on Wimbledon, the umpire's bio, and the side stories of the fans. However, I feel this book suffered from lack of any unique insight into the players themselves.
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Greatness of Tennis 29. August 2009
Von Raja N. Krishnan - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Tennis is great. At the time of this writing, it is Middle Sunday, the traditional Sunday without action during Wimbledon. The non-appearance of Nadal at this tournament due to injury, combined with Federer's historic win at the French Open and the reading of a book (more on this in a few) has made me reflect on the significance of last year's Wimbledon Mens Final. In the last several years Roger Federer has become my favorite player to watch, due to his grace, fluidity and ease of play. Some of the other players I enjoyed watching before him include Andre Agassi, Stefan Edberg, and Mats Wilander. All these players had rivals, and that made them raise their games to the next level. For Andre Agassi, of course it was the greatness of Pete Sampras, for Edberg it was Becker and in the case of Wilander one of his main rivals was Ivan Lendl. Still many people talk about the rivalry between McEnroe and Borg as the greatest, which I was too young at the time to fully experience and enjoy. What led me to think about this on a Middle Sunday during Wimbledon 2009? The answer to that question is L. Jon Wertheim's book, Strokes of Genius. This book is about Federer, Nadal, the rivalry, Pascal Maria (the match umpire), the game of tennis and most importantly about the greatest game played, Wimbledon 2008 Mens Final. The author does a great job of weaving the story of the game together, from the pre-match ongoings, the sights and sounds of Wimbledon and the historical background of the game of tennis. The author delicately crafts historical information about the game of tennis at the right junctures as the match is being described, like flashbacks in a movie. This book has been an easy, fast, and an enjoyable read. It makes me want to pick up a racket again and play tennis. It is a book that celebrates the greatness of tennis. This book is a must read for all, and including those up and coming young tennis players. Thanks to Mr. Wertheim for capturing this great moment in tennis history and hopefully further jolting the popularity of tennis.
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Brilliant 10. Juni 2009
Von Andrew J. Bell - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Wertheim has captured the brilliance and excitement of the match. Wertheim demonstrates eloquently that the 2008 Wimbledon Final between NADAL and Federer truly was the greatest match ever. Thank you John for capturing two great champions in their prime and covering the world class match that they played
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