Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal: The Lives and Careers of Two Tennis Legends

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal: The Lives and Careers of Two Tennis Legends

by Sebastián Fest


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Since 2004, two names have dominated men’s tennis: Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. Each player is legendary in his own right. The Spanish Nadal is the winner of sixteen Grand Slam titles, including five consecutive French Open singles titles from 2010-2014, and is the only player ever to win a Grand Slam for ten straight years. Federer, from Switzerland, has spent over three hundred weeks of his career ranked as the number-one player in the world and has won twenty Grand Slam titles and two Olympic medals. But neither player’s career would have been nearly as successful without the decade-long rivalry that pushed them to rise to the peak of tennis excellence.

Nadal and Federer have met thirty-eight times over the course of their careers, and have shared the distinction of being ranked the two best players in the world for an astounding six years in a row from 2005-2009. In Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, international sports journalist Sebastian Fest uses information gleaned from his numerous interviews with both players over the last decade to narrate the rivalry, and its impact not only on the players, but on the sport itself. Documenting their respective wins and losses, hopes and disappointments, and relationships with their rivals, Fest formulates a unique biography of two of the greatest players of tennis.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781510730717
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 07/10/2018
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 344
Sales rank: 370,578
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Sebastian Fest is the Chief Sports Editor for the Argentine newspaper La Nacion since 2015. He previously worked in the same position for the Spanish Service of DPA, the German news agency, since 2000. He's collaborated with different media such as Rolling Stone, Newsweek, Weltwoche, and FAZ. He is the author of Enredados (Buenos Aires, 2009), a book on the misfortune of the Argentinean Team at the Davis Cup, and cowriter of the book Ni rey ni D10s: Lionel Messi, with Alexandre Julliard.

Table of Contents

Prologue ix

Chapter 1 Towels 1

Chapter 2 Geniuses 5

Chapter 3 Party 8

Chapter 4 Youth 11

Chapter 5 Mystical 20

Chapter 6 Sympathy 25

Chapter 7 Peace and Love 28

Chapter 8 Hurricane 43

Chapter 9 Madrid 52

Chapter 10 Manacor 71

Chapter 11 Toni 82

Chapter 12 Basel 96

Chapter 13 Mirka 103

Chapter 14 Lille 117

Chapter 15 Shadows 128

Chapter 16 Doping 134

Chapter 17 Laboratory 150

Chapter 18 Plasma 159

Chapter 19 Body 170

Chapter 20 Unrepeatable 183

Chapter 21 Women 193

Chapter 22 Wood 198

Chapter 23 Tears 204

Chapter 24 Argentina 208

Chapter 25 Paris 221

Chapter 26 Nole 224

Chapter 27 Fight 242

Chapter 28 Face to Face 264

Chapter 29 Unbelievable 282

Chapter 30 Eternals 297

Acknowledgments 314

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