So in case you missed it, Boyfriend's book Strokes of Genius came out a few weeks ago. It's his take on last year's epic Wimbly final between Fed and some Spanish guy.
So I've been going back and forth on whether I plan to read it. On the one hand, it's Boyfriend, and I know a good girlfriend should probably read the book. On the other hand, from everything I've read (a) it seems *very* much focused on Fed, (b) there doesn't seem to be a lot of info in there that I haven't already read from other sources, and (c) it is not yet available on the Kindle, though apparently it will be soon. That last one was pretty embarrassing to type.
I guess when I think back on that match my take is that both played well enough to win but in the end Rafa's tenacity and mental strength is what gave him the edge. So the focus on Fed seems a bit unfair. It was Rafa's moment, his breakthrough, his "arrival". Will the book give the proper emphasis on that?
Jesus, I guess the only way to know is the actually read the damn book. Which I'm sure I will when it comes out for my yuppie reading device. At the end of the day, if you love tennis you love that match, irrespective of its outcome. I can't say it would kill me to curl up into my cocoon and relive it, shot for every unfuckingbelievablehowthehelldidhejustdothat shot.
Besides, with lines like this, "They're out there alone, cordoned off from outside influence.... Unlike golf, the competition is simultaneous. ...Tennis is the most gladiatorial sport going," how could it possibly suck?
You can read some excerpts here.