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Strokes of Genius
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L. JON WERTHEIM is executive editor at Sports Illustrated and the author of several books, including Blood in the Cage, a chronicle of the rise of mixed martial arts, and Running the Table, about a bipolar pool hustler named Kid Delicious. His work has been featured in The Best American Sports Writing numerous times.

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Could there have been more on the line when No. 1 ranked Roger Federer attempted but oh-so-narrowly lost to arch nemesis Rafael Nadal in 2008 when he sought to capture a modern-day record sixth consecutive Wimbledon title? Sports Illustrated writer Wertheim provides a comprehensive and thoroughly engaging look back at the nearly five-hour epic center-court contest, excelling at the details that support his claim of "greatest match ever played." The decisive moments in the five-set marathon are expertly retold, and the match statistics box is a welcome addition. Wertheim's informative backstories behind the clash itself and the contrasting personalities of "delicate, brush-stroking impressionist" Federer and "dogged, free-wheeling abstract expressionist" Nadal 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 for sports and general collections.-Howard Katz, Library Journal Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

"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."
--TennisChannel.com

"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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