The grace and beauty of Roger Federer's topspin forehand is the theme running through the narrative of tennis in this volatile time of the sport's comings, goings and torch-passing.
The Gold Cup? Fail. Wimbledon? Fail. U.S. Open? Fail. How bad has it become for American sports on the international scene? Bad enough that we might need one of those IMF bailouts.
Rafael Nadal, after yet another French Open title, has achieved a grandeur with his game that defies definition. One writer's ruminations on the evolution and artistry of his greatness.
Federer/Nadal teaches how rivalries -- even the ones we only dream on -- might inspire the best in us all.