After schooling Fernando Gonzalez in straight sets in win the Australian Open in the wee hours Sunday morning, Roger Federer may have text-messaged his new BFF, Tiger Woods, saying: “I got mine. Now, go get yours.” Even if he didn’t, it’s pretty safe to speculate he caught a quick nap then watched Woods doing what Woods does – humble a field to win yet another golf tournament.
In the span of just a few hours, the man who may be the greatest tennis player ever captured his 10th Grand Slam title by winning the Aussie Open without losing a set, and the man who may be the greatest golfer ever won his seventh straight tournament – just four shy of Byron Nelson’s once-seemingly unbreakable record, set in 1945 – by methodically and spectacularly (See: the 276-yard three-wood to set up a 25-foot eagle putt) overcoming a two-shot deficit on the final day of the Buick Open.
We are no doubt witnessing a unique convergence – two athletes showcasing historic greatest at the very same time. Like some global game of H-O-R-S-E. Federer has been No. 1 for 156 straight weeks. And can anyone remember when Woods wasn’t No. 1? Think two Haleys comets. Two St Helens. Two days without a T.O. headline.
Even more intriguing is that they’ve struck a friendship. Woods was sitting in Federer’s box last summer when the Swiss icon won the U.S. Open. Soon, someone will get them to sit down and simply let them talk about how they do what they do. Let’s pray that a camera is nearby.
In the meantime, embrace this display of parallel perfection. It may not come this way again.