There is nothing I don’t love about this Federer-Nadal half-clay half-grass game. Most of the excitement came right when I found out the game was going to happen: the photograph of the court was ridiculous, and the fact that $1.63 million and 19 days were spent on a goof is sadly awesome. To top it off, it was actually a good game, ending 7-5 4-6 7-6. I won’t spoil it here, but the winner is mentioned at the link above. (I assume it was good since it was so close. I’m still waiting for someone to upload it to YouTube.)
My first thought, besides, WHHAAAAAA OMG USA USA!!1!—I know that neither player is American, but I still thought it—was of Superman vs. Spider-Man, and the way the crossover writers were careful to have a neutral setting for the heroes, to give neither DC nor Marvel a future sales advantage.
In SvSM, though, the rivals team up to fight the greater threat of Lex Luthor and Doc Oc. The comparison does not convey the fierce competition among the tennis stars.
I then considered the way a suitemate of mine was convinced he could beat a cheetah in a fight. The cheetah is light; I will punch it in the face, he reasoned. Its mass is relatively low, we argued, but factoring its speed, its momentum when pouncing is great. He persisted: It needs a savanna to accelerate. Finally, we chose a neutral ground, the medium-length field between the community of buildings where we live. It has urban elements, but also a pretty long stretch of grass.
But this scenario is too far-fetched to compare. Besides, it does not portray a legitimate competition: my suitemate doesn’t stand a chance. The tennis match was only played because nothing else would properly rank the titans.
Maybe I should be satisfied to keep this event in its own class.