The greatest tennis rivalry: Federer v Nadal or Borg v McEnroe?
by Jon Culley Men’s tennis in 2011 may be unsurpassed in terms of technical brilliance and the 2008 Wimbledon final between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal has every right to be called the greatest tennis match of all time. But debate continues over whether Federer-Nadal is the supreme rivalry of the modern tennis era or whether that distinction still belongs to John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg. Nostalgia clouds the argument, of course. Stephen Tignor’s new book about the Borg-McEnroe era is therefore a welcome text, describing the revolutionary development of the game in the 1970s and 80s within a historical perspective. High Strung: Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe, and the Untold Story of Tennis's Fiercest Rivalry is first and foremost Tignor’s attempt to evaluate the summers of 1980 and 1981, during which the ice-cool Swede and the combustible American collided in two Wimbledon and two US Open finals, culminating in the moment at which Borg, in an extraordinary breach of protocol,