I watched what I believe to be the greatest tennis match in my life today. Rafael Nadal defeated Roger Federer in a five-set marathon, thus ending Federer's run of five consecutive Wimbledon titles. That fourth-set tiebreak was about as thrilling as any I saw given the ramifications. Each player made big shots.
After the match you could tell that Federer was on the brink of tears. That loss stung and it was written all over his face. Nadal was brilliant. We have ourselves the best rivalry in tennis since Sampras and Agassi.
When I watched that U.S. Open golf playoff between an injured Tiger Woods and Rocco Mediate last month, I didn't think it could be topped in terms of excitement. The way that Mediate failed to back down. He wasn't at all intimidated by Woods and competed as if he could really win that playoff.
Needless to say, we've seen two terrific head-to-head performances in the last month.
We've got the U.S. Open tennis tournament coming up. It'll give Federer an opportunity to strike back. Nadal is now the one to beat. He's younger, stronger, faster and mentally tough.