Christopher Clarey, New York Times journalist and the author of The Master (a recently published biography of Roger Federer’s career), Serena Williams’ match versus the current US Open champion Emma Raducanu was a displeasing experience for those that were used with the American’s former level of tennis.
“For those who recall Serena's prime, this was painful viewing (unless you were there to view Raducanu). For now, Serena's farewell tour seems like a fine idea that is coming too late. Last chance for a last hurrah: the US Open,” Christopher Clarey wrote on Twitter.
In the much-anticipated match between Williams and Raducanu, the latter won 6-4, 6-0 in 65 minutes. To Williams' 60%, the Briton won 76% of her first-serve points. Whereas the 2021 Flushing Meadows champion earned 75% of her second-serve points, Williams struggled terribly, earning only 12% of her second-serve points.
Raducanu only dropped her serve once during the match, but she converted five of the nine break points she faced on the serve of the two-time past Cincinnati champion. Williams recorded five more winners than Raducanu, but the latter had just one unforced mistake, while the American had 18.
Who is the author of Roger Federer’s biography
According to the description in the New York Times, “Christopher Clarey has covered global sports for The New York Times for more than 25 years from bases in France, Spain and the United States.
He is one of the world’s leading authorities on tennis and has reported from more than 90 Grand Slam tournaments, chronicling the major figures and issues of the Open era and interviewing everyone from Bjorn Borg to Serena Williams”.
On top of this, he is the author of The Master: The Long Run and Beautiful Game of Roger Federer. The book’s description reads as follows: “A major biography of the greatest men's tennis player of the modern era.
There have been other biographies of Roger Federer, but never one with this kind of access to the man himself, his support team, and the most prominent figures in the game, including such rivals as Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Andy Roddick.
In The Master, New York Times correspondent Christopher Clarey sits down with Federer and those closest to him to tell the story of the greatest player in men's tennis”.