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Sartorius
06-21-2011, 12:59 PM
http://espn.go.com/espn/grantland/story/_/id/6681059/still-life

Apparently too long to quote here, a beautiful account on Federer's career, particularly about what he has been going through for sometime.

AtomicForehand
06-21-2011, 01:15 PM
Wow.

10 wows

Devilito
06-21-2011, 01:27 PM
fails to mention how even though after the 2001 changing of the guards and Pete's steady decline he did pull out his final encore at the 2002 US Open. Something Federer fans are still hoping for. I really can’t believe that article totally skipped over that great moment for Petros.

stringertom
06-21-2011, 01:42 PM
Epic piece! Just like autumn, a cool spell is often replaced by glorious Indian Summer...days you save up your personal days for at the office so you get out and enjoy the last gasps of warmth before the cold. I'm really enjoying Fed's resurgence in just that way, knowing we won't have the lengthy decline of a Jimbo. 2016, at 35 is the outside window IMHumbleO. Maybe a medal from Rio placed on his neck by Guga?

bolo
06-21-2011, 02:39 PM
Is this the new nicholas sparks novel?! :)

TheMagicianOfPrecision
06-21-2011, 02:47 PM
Wonderful article on the greatest tennisplayer the world has ever seen.

Thanx for posting!

cc0509
06-21-2011, 09:03 PM
Really well done article. :)

FedExpress 333
06-21-2011, 09:19 PM
Im crying............lol jk. Great articleon the GOAT.

aprilfool
06-21-2011, 09:33 PM
The intro about the hunter was more interesting than the rest. The hunter should have let the snake go. Dweeb.

Тинана
06-21-2011, 10:03 PM
'Still Alive" title suits this article the best, OP ^_^.

Darko
06-21-2011, 10:34 PM
Great article!

Fed Kennedy
06-21-2011, 11:04 PM
fails to mention how even though after the 2001 changing of the guards and Pete's steady decline he did pull out his final encore at the 2002 US Open. Something Federer fans are still hoping for. I really canít believe that article totally skipped over that great moment for Petros.

It was in the footnotes. Superb writing from this guy, Tennis mag should hire him.

slice bh compliment
06-21-2011, 11:14 PM
His footnotes could have had their own cool footnotes.
Great piece. Not as excessive as David Foster Wallace, but really brilliant, too.

Sentinel
06-21-2011, 11:41 PM
lol, i didn't know you could keep throwing stones at a Cobra and keep hitting. I hope it wasn't some piece of dangling rope he imagined he was killing !

Hitman
06-22-2011, 01:17 AM
Stunning article! Federer truly is one of a kind.

AhmedD
06-22-2011, 01:48 AM
That's beautiful, I'm stunned......I don't think I've ever read an article about Federer in the past 1-2 years that accurately describes where he is right now. This makes me appreciate him being around even more now.

Polaris
06-22-2011, 05:16 AM
Beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

zagor
06-22-2011, 05:17 AM
http://espn.go.com/espn/grantland/story/_/id/6681059/still-life

Apparently too long to quote here, a beautiful account on Federer's career, particularly about what he has been going through for sometime.

I usually can't stand articles about any of tennis legends but I really like this one, wonderfully written.

mandy01
06-22-2011, 05:51 AM
OT but 'Man-Eaters of Kumaon' really is a great book. I would recommend it to anyone. If you can get your hands on a copy,make sure you read it. I don't like the fact that he killed the Cobra though :sad:( as much as I am afraid of snakes).

Hood_Man
06-22-2011, 05:54 AM
Sums him up beautifully.

mandy01
06-22-2011, 06:17 AM
lol, i didn't know you could keep throwing stones at a Cobra and keep hitting. I hope it wasn't some piece of dangling rope he imagined he was killing !you have to read Corbett to know what it was like. The guy was quick. Acted on his feet and was sharp. Very few people could survive thick forests the way he did.

Netzroller
06-22-2011, 10:10 AM
Wow, great article!

Defcon
06-22-2011, 12:19 PM
I think this one is up there with David Foster's piece.

(http://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/20/sports/playmagazine/20federer.html)

JGads
06-22-2011, 02:09 PM
These are the two GAOATs.

nikdom
06-22-2011, 05:50 PM
This para is the best part of the article for me. Describes what we are going through as Roger fans aptly -

But because he's been "still great" for so long — because we keep seeing the end coming, even if it never actually comes — Federer has also acquired an aura of weird sadness over the past few years that's hard to reconcile with the way we used to think about him. And even though that's only been possible because he's still so good, it's a jarring development, because at his peak, Federer was probably the best athlete in the world at making greatness look utterly natural. Nobody seemed more effortless, or more graceful, or more beyond time than Federer from, say, 2003 to 2007. Now we've seen him lose 350 French Open finals to Nadal, fall hopelessly behind in their personal rivalry, and struggle to keep younger players like Djokovic and Andy Murray from overtaking him. Had his decline been quicker — had he spent less time in that slow glide down through "still" — a lot of that never would have happened, and we'd have gone on seeing him as the invincible icon he once was.15 As it is, he's been on the precipice for so long that we've stopped seeing him and started seeing only the precipice.

Sid_Vicious
06-22-2011, 05:53 PM
tl;dr


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als47
06-22-2011, 06:31 PM
What a great article, and I agree, the description of where Federer is at right now is very apt. I feel lucky to have watched his career, and if I say anything else, it's going to be sentimental and gushy, so I'll shut up.

OddJack
06-22-2011, 06:37 PM
Enjoyed reading, thanks.

Nadalfan89
06-22-2011, 07:39 PM
Poor old timer...watching his legacy slip away.

Sun rise. Sun set.

dh003i
06-22-2011, 07:40 PM
Overly sentimental and basically content-free blabber.

timmeh
06-22-2011, 10:57 PM
Fantastic article.

I love watching Federer play, he is so talented but so fragile at the same time. We really all are just waiting for and dreading the "nail in the coffin" moment.

To the poster above complaining that the article made no mention of Sampras' last slam win, read it again.

Wilander Fan
06-24-2011, 04:33 AM
I think this one is up there with David Foster's piece.

(http://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/20/sports/playmagazine/20federer.html)

Anyone have a link to the Agassi point this article refers to?

fps
06-24-2011, 05:36 AM
Anyone have a link to the Agassi point this article refers to?

I believe he admitted after scrutiny that the point as he describes it did not actually take place.