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Changing of the Guard about 2 hours ago :: 17 Views It took the Detroit Pistons what seemed like forever to get over the Boston Celtics hurdle. And it took the Chicago Bulls, the Jordan Rules and the 3-headed monster (Bill Wennington, Luc Longly and Will Perdue) to knock off the Bad Boys, but tennis is a different sport. This is not a team game. And although you may see some fist pumping, screams of agony, cheers of elation, in this start, stop, volley and lob, smashing serves with speeds up to 129 mph, backhands, forehands, there is less cocky brash behavior and more poised professionals that gut it out for grueling hours at a time; this is a gentleman's game. It takes a true champion to knock-off a champion. Rafael Nadal defeated Roger Federer in this year's Wimbledon and it was an instant classic. Five sets that could've continued for another five. This was a match that lived up to its billing. The 5-time consecutive reigning champion Federer trying to eclipse a record set by Bjorn Borg and earn 6 straight titles. And the kid, Nadal, trying to win his first Wimbledon. Last year with Nadal come up short against his nemesis. But this year there it seemed inevitable Nadal would claim supremacy. After making mince meat out of Federer in the French open, a clay court where Nadal is seemingly invincible, an interesting storyline was etched in the imagination of tennis fans for Wimbledon. This time, Federer seemed as if he would not be denied. Power serves. 20 Aces. Nadal was up 5-2 in the fourth tiebreaker set before Federer rallied to win and push a fifth set. There weren't any questionable calls, or fluke shots. These technicians crafted an epic event that held sports fans captive and wanting more. This rivalry gave us better things to cheer about than the Red Sox - Yanks, the Celtics - Lakers and the Bears - Packers. The changing of the guard in England was spot on. Like this post? FaceBook :: Digg It Tags: Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, USTA, NBA, NFL, MLB, Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe Share It Blog It Rank It: Up Down Challenge DePar727 To A Throwdown Comments (0) Add Comment RSS Be the first to leave a comment! Add a comment Remember to keep it clean. Bad words will get filtered, and offensive comments will be removed. More Guidelines Your comment Save Comment or cancel DePar727 how it is and how it ain't DePar727's Blog Peanut Gallery Track This Blog Subscribe to RSS feed Blog Topics None Set DePar727's Recent Posts Changing of the Guard Who Is Next to Dominate (city of w.i.n.d.) The WNBA is Slammin' Guess It Hasn't Rained Lately That'll Work Related Blog Posts More Free Agent Signings NBA News :: about 1 hour ago Don Ehrke: Clutch Hitting, Clutch Slugging and tOPS+ DugoutCentral.com's Blog :: about 1 hour ago Thomas Wayne: Sabathia Deal Doesn't Help or Hurt the Brewers DugoutCentral.com's Blog :: about 1 hour ago SI.com Photos Back in Time: July 7 Wimbledon Final Federer vs. Nadal NFL Training Camps 2008 Hot Dog Eating Contest Visit SI.com for more photo galleries SI.com Top 10 HeadlinesRichard Deitsch: Media Power Rankings for June Brewers complete trade for Sabathia Wild sign 16-year veteran Nolan to 2-year deal Torres, 41, sets American record in 50 freestyle Damon introduced to DL Reports: A-Rod's wife to file for divorce Monday Fifty parting shots after a spectacular men's final Federer, Nadal battle for Wimbledon crown Red Sox, Cubs will start three at All-Star game Gay has mild strain, to miss 2 weeks of training Visit SI.com for more stories

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