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Australian Open 2011: Tennis According to Bernard Tomic

Published: January 22, 2011

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On not unusual occasions, it maybe observed that as a player sends down a serve, immediately as the ball passes the net, there arise cries of “LET! First serve!” And on some of these occasions, the receiver simply swats the ball back, and the ball lands perfectly in the corner of the court far away from the reach of the opponent. Might there be a reason that the occasional observer feels... 

Fanning The Fires: Rafael Nadal Burns Hotter Than Roger Federer

Published: September 24, 2010

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Join Federer’s side of the net with Marianne here ..and a bit on Novak here There are moments when inspiration suddenly springs up in your mind, or ones when that very fire is rudely put out. And as with most people who, in the marathon of life, end up as “also rans,” I have suffered more of the latter than enjoyed the former. Needless to say, I like to think more about the... 

Rafael Nadal Will Complete Career Slam at US Open 2010 | Creature vs. Creature

Published: September 12, 2010

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Introduction Story lines develop every year in tennis—some new, some continuations from the leftovers of the previous year. How these develop would, in any other era, have depended on what the draws throw out. But tennis right now is blessed with such a depth in talent that the draw will always promise to take up some exciting thread or another, however random it is—it’s impossible... 

Wimbledon’s Over, and Rafael Nadal Bashing Starts … Now!

Published: July 5, 2010

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It’s already started. First in the third round match with Boris Becker. If it wasn’t Becker, it would have been someone else. But Becker was enough. Gamesmanship. Rafael Nadal feigned injury and asked for a medical time out to curb the momentum that Petzschner had (Philipp sounds easier, but Petzschner seems more fashionable). Becker seemed to suggest that the timeout was tactical, and... 

Tennis Returns to Its Grass Roots: Fun in the Green, the Sun, and Rain

Published: June 11, 2010

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It was I who wanted it this way. I wanted to do her job. I asked for it. And I wanted her to do what she considered mine. But she did not so much do the job as redefine it completely. Here is one of the most pleasurable reads about grass court tennis of all time. Hmm…she has taken up the “tennis” part. Well, so I am left here to talk about…”grass,” maybe?... 

French Open Men’s Final 2010: Robin Soderling Vs. Rafael Nadal

Published: June 5, 2010

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Their names have coherent phonetic qualities which are opposite. The first name and second name in each of the names almost rhyme with each other and have a very nice ring: Rob-in Soderl-ing and Raf-ael Nad-al . In the context, the “ing ” sounds almost like a phonetic antonym of “al .” Maybe this is even a better final than Federer-Nadal final, least of all due to the phonetics.... 

Enough about Nadal and Federer: Comments That Are Redundant or Just Plain Boring

Published: May 17, 2010

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Comment boards are at best amusing, boringly repetitive irritating and even abusive nowadays. That is due to two of modern sports’ best icons. Here are a few cases.   Whatever discussion there is in tennis, whoever it is about, it always boils down to something about Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal. For example: Take an article about Ivan Lendl’s achievements where it is mentioned somewhere... 

Tennis Turns Terracotta: Character, Consistency and Tennis

Published: April 11, 2010

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Marianne brings home the atmosphere and makes the coming season nostalgic even before it arrives. Read her clay-court wizardry here. Every concentrated activity that humans indulge in, sort of fits one set of talents more than others. Physics fits well for somebody with a keen sense to spot generalizations; mathematics, though closely related, finds company with people who have reasoning abilities... 

Rafael Nadal On the Comeback Trail

Published: April 3, 2010

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Rafael Nadal’s game has come miles after the disaster it was last year. And it is radically different from what we have ever seen. Today against A-Rod, during the match, they showed stats of his shot-placement. If you draw a line midway between the service line and the baseline, it is that line where the depth of his ground strokes averaged around. Where they were short, they mostly hit the sidelines... 

Men’s Tennis : A Few Nit-Picks On The GOAT Debate

Published: February 19, 2010

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A tinge of satire? Probably. The Special Theory of Relativity ranks among those few that sent all physicists scampering for cover. To say that time doesn’t “flow” equally for every person in this world (universe, to be precise) with or without a watch, would cause anyone to shake his head in frustration at the guy who said it. But gladly we had enough smart people at that time, to... 

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