On Federer/Nadal

Tennis players Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have different styles of playing the game well. Dr. Michael Mack, English professor at CUA and Former Dean of Undergraduate Studies discusses the contrast in the video below, his response to our reading about Roger Federer.  Do you agree or disagree with his assessment of the reading as hyperbolic? Why or why not? Can you think of other examples of athletes with different types of gifts? How do different sports bring out the kinds of differences that Dr. Mack discusses?

Photo: “IMG_0302” (Rafael Nadal) by Marianne Bevis is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0.

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  1. Jaesen Evangelista says:

    Hmmm…I don’t think anything can be labeled “hyperbolic” really. The article Wallace wrote about Federer was his own interpretation, and yeah, maybe some could call it exaggerated and a little too much–I can understand that–but that experience was entirely his own. No one else could possibly fully comprehend that experience, even if we read his words on the paper. Though time goes on and things change, like Federer losing his glorious touch apparently, the experience of seeing Federer back in 2006 still holds significance. He was still “flesh and, somehow, light.” Wallace’s experience was still spiritual and religious.

    Perhaps he becomes the world’s number one again and he appears to be as amazing as he once was; does that mean Dr. Michael Mack was entirely wrong and his words are not important? No. They are important and should be seen as important despite what changes may occur. There is beauty in every little thing in the present moment. And that is true despite what happened in the past or what will happen in the future.

  2. Jordan Tibbs says:

    I would say that his assessment was hyperbolic. That doesn’t, however, take away the fact that Federer was great since his skill had to be as such to elicit this sort of reaction or assessment from the author. The main reason I see this as hyperbole is because the author doesn’t account for time. In the sense that Federer is going to age and so will his skills. The same can be said for any of the other athletes listed. However, in the moments of Federer’s skill, some could be seen. The gift God gave him to magnify His glory. So, in that, perhaps that is where the angelic qualities come in.

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