The sporting Gods have given us mere mortals occasions that capture our attention and our imagination to such an extent that we forget about the pointless matters taking place in our lives, like paying the bills or making sure you spend quality time with your loved ones.
England vs. Australia (cricket), the Manchester Derby and Usain Bolt vs. Tyson Gay are only a handful of such sporting occasions that are generously afforded to us by the divine powers that be. Rivalries are not something that is born overnight; it takes time, perseverance from both parties and the desire to be the best at what they do.
Tennis parishioners have always been spoilt with rivalries of gargantuan proportions over the years, Lendl-McEnroe, Agassi-Sampras, Graf-Navratilova and Venus Williams-Serena
Williams. Within the 23.78 meters long and 10.97 meters wide rectangular coliseum the spotlight has shone brightly on the duel between a stylish Spaniard and a cutthroat Serbian.
Their careers can be likened to that of a general in the military with the badges of excellent performances being the 18 Grand Slams held between them. Now, it's 19.
The copious amount of success in the past as well as the continuous success they achieve has made sure that the fire fuelling the Rafael Nadal and Novak rivalry is kept burning.
These two gladiators have many things in common in terms of the way they go about their business. There is nothing clandestine about their approach to the game; they are ruthless, efficient and unforgiving. But they also display a quality befitting of every top tennis player: finesse.
They have been endowed with the ability to beautify the sport to such an extent that
spectators are left with a proverbial puddle of drool after each point, in awe as they marvel at what they see before them.
The 22,547 seat Arthur Ashe Stadium was a fitting battleground due to the fact they were 1-1 in finals at the venue before last night's barbaric encounter which featured a startling rally of 53 shots that surmised the quality and brute strength on display throughout the game.
Nadal may have come out on top in the end last night, but there is no doubting that this is now a rivalry for the ages. Indeed, it has become the mother of all rivalries.
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