David Foster Wallace on Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, Wimbledon 2006:
Apollo and Dionysus. Scalpel and cleaver. Righty and southpaw. Nos. 1 and 2 in the world. Nadal, the man who’s taken the modern power-baseline game just as far as it goes, versus a man who’s transfigured that modern game, whose precision and variety are as big a deal as his pace and foot-speed, but who may be peculiarly vulnerable to, or psyched out by, that first man. A British sportswriter, exulting with his mates in the press section, says, twice, “It’s going to be a war.”At the French Open, Federer is down two sets to none as I’m typing.
Federer as Religious Experience (New York Times)
11:31 a.m.: Federer won the third set.
12:06 p.m.: Nadal won the fourth set and the match.
[Disclaimer: I know zilch about tennis.]