Since you desi cheapos would never dream of spending $6 on a newspaper, it falls upon us to tell you the interesting news.
Folks, Nadal has made it to the cover of the New York Times Magazine.
Unless you’ve lately come in from Mars or just got off the Villupuram fast passenger, y’all know we are referring to the tennis legend Rafael Nadal.
Yes, we’re talking about the man who makes young girls tremble, grownup girls palpitate and even women of an indelicate age swoon.
For those not familiar with the Nadal story, the NYT piece serves as a nice apÃ©ritif.
Here are some interesting excerpts from the NYT story:
* Federer thrills people, too, but the Nadal thrill is so different from the Federer thrill that studying the two of them is like a gorgeous immersion course in the varieties of athletic possibility. Federer is elegant and fluid and cerebral, so that his best tennis looks effortless even when he is making shots that ought to be physically impossible. Nadal is muscled-up and explosive and relentless, so that his best tennis looks not like a gift from heaven but instead like the product of ferocious will. His victories and his taped-up knees and his years as a very good No. 2 in the world all resonate together, as though the rewards and the wages of individual effort had been animated in a single human being: if you hurl yourself at a particular goal furiously enough and long enough you may tear your body up in the process, but maybe you can get there after all. People have loved watching Nadal create trouble inside Federerâ€™s head. This is how they characterize it in tennis, that Nadal makes Federer crazy, that Nadalâ€™s refusal over and over to be beaten by Federer in Paris was the one problem that Federer â€” who usually has uncanny on-court telepathy about what his opponent plans for three shots hence and exactly how to wreck it â€” was unable to figure out.
* Every tennis lover would like, someday, to play like Federer. But every man wants to be Rafael Nadal. Which is different.Â – French writer Philippe Boui on Nadal.