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Unnamed Monday

Wimbledon, Day Seven Of the 128 men who more or less randomly populated the Wimbledon men’s singles draw on the tournament’s opening morning, fully 112 failed to last the week. They have since joined forces with the roughly three billion … Continue reading

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A Mild Hangover

The week following Monte Carlo always feels like a small hangover after a modest bender, the queasy Saturday morning you spend lining your stomach with bacon and eggs ahead of the planned Bacchanal that night. We’ll all be riotously drunk … Continue reading

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He Just Can’t Win

Stockholm, First Round Nalbandian d. Malisse, 4/6 7/6 7/6 Nine years ago David Nalbandian and Xavier Malisse met in the semifinal of what is widely considered to be the most dreary Wimbledon in living memory, a judgement derived in large … Continue reading

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Just Because It All Looks Smooth

Madrid Masters 1000, Third Round Federer d. Malisse, 6/4 6/3 Returning to the court less than a day after scraping through a life-shorteningly tense encounter with Feliciano Lopez, Roger Federer today saw off another talented near-contemporary in Xavier Malisse. Federer’s … Continue reading

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Risking Censure

ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament, Rotterdam Tsonga d. Dimitrov, 6/4 6/4 Did you know that Grigor Dimitrov has modelled his groundstrokes on Roger Federer’s? Yes? I mention this purely for legal reasons since, judging by the commentary for every one … Continue reading

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A Stuttering Stream

Australian Open, Third Round Djokovic d. Troicki, 6/2 ret. Roddick d. Haase, 2/6 7/6 6/2 6/2 It was really brought home to me today what a lottery buying tickets to the tennis is. At a shade under fifty bucks, a … Continue reading

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Overload

Qatar Open Any hope that Doha might provide a clear form-guide ahead of the Australian Open was frustrated by Rafael Nadal’s illness. The tribal zealots are of course over-analysing it, which is a kind way of saying they’re incapable of … Continue reading

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