Yesterday, I was watching a repeat of an Australian Open match on Tennis Channel, and the subject of the Nadal-Federer relationship was discussed. Federer and Nadal are friends. They sends text messages to each other, Rafa flew Roger to a match once when Roger couldn't get a flight, they watch each other's matches, etc.
The Nadal-Federer story is a good one, but the commentator's telling of it turned sour when he remarked that never before in the history of tennis was there such a friendship between the two top players in the world. Now, I appreciate the Rafa-Roger relationship as much as anyone, but it pales to almost nothing when compared with the friendship between Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova, who were also the two top players in the world. Their decades-long close friendship, which has had its share of drama, is unique not only in tennis, but in all of sports.
But some friendships are more important than others.