Top-seeded Roger Federer faces off against Tomas Berdych today in the quarterfinals on Centre Court at Wimbledon.
The inscription above the player's entrance to Centre Court, arguably the most famous tennis venue in the world, reads:
"IF YOU CAN MEET WITH TRIUMPH AND DISASTER AND TREAT THOSE TWO IMPOSTORS JUST THE SAME".
Triumph and Disaster. Definitely impostors. It's all a game in the end. Greatness lies in how we handle triumph and adversity, and in our ability to keep both in perspective.
That passage above the entrance is from "If" by Rudyard Kipling, a poem that is regularly voted as England's most popular poem.
Here is that inspiring poem in its entirety.
IF you can keep your head when all about you
If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Bye for now,