Greatest rivalry of the 21st century?

Nadal/Federer teaches how rivalries -- even the ones we only dream on -- might inspire the best in us all. Story

Originally Published: February 3, 2009
By Jeff MacGregor | Page 2

Before the kettle even whistles, the first point Sunday morning ends on a topspin backhand winner up the line. The Swiss gets back to deuce. This is the fifth game of the fourth set. Longest game of the match so far. It is 7:15 a.m. ET. After 3½ hours, Roger Federer, The Swiss, trails The Spaniard, Rafael Nadal, two sets to one. They're tied now at two games each. "This is a backbreaker for Federer if he loses," the television says.

The Swiss survives five break points to win ...

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