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Strokes of Genius

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and the greatest match ever played

Updated: June 17, 2009, 9:31 AM ET
By L. Jon Wertheim

Editor's note: Excerpted from "Strokes of Genius: Federer, Nadal and the Greatest Match Ever Played" by L. Jon Wertheim. Copyright © 2009 by L. Jon Wertheim. Reprinted with permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

In one of the most gripping sporting events in recent memory, Rafael Nadal beat Roger Federer in five sets to win the 2008 Wimbledon final. Tick off the "Classic Sporting Event" prerequisites and this match had it all. Skill? Check. Courage? Check. Self-sufficiency, ...

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