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A Deflating Innovation

Miami Masters 1000, Final (2) Djokovic d. (1) Nadal, 6/3 6/3 Novak Djokovic today won the Miami Masters for the fourth time, a mere two weeks after winning Indian Wells, thus re-establishing his pre-eminence on hardcourts just in time for … Continue reading


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A Picture of Equanimity

Indian Wells Masters 1000, Final (2) Djokovic d. (7) Federer, 3/6 6/3 7/6 Novak Djokovic has won the 2014 Indian Wells Masters, embedding himself even more firmly in that group of men who’re able to generate endless copy thanks to … Continue reading


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A Day of Promise

Indian Wells, Third Round In spite of Indian Wells’ remote desert location, today’s order of play promised the most fertile day’s tennis in weeks. Enticing match-ups threatened to bloom across three stadium courts, assuming they were provided with sufficient light … Continue reading


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So Many Proven Yangs

Marseilles, Final (3) Gulbis d. (2) Tsonga, 7/6 6/4 It is a strange quirk that Ernests Gulbis, that least reliable of professional tennis players, somehow boasts a perfect record in tour finals, a record he kept intact today in Marseille. … Continue reading


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Yuletide Bling

Brisbane, Quarterfinals The professional tennis season seems to commence earlier every year, which is to say, less late in the previous year. Eight elite men endorsed by the International Management Group were already darting through Abu Dhabi’s liquid air while … Continue reading


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Small Height Situation

‘We’ve talked about Darcis and his small height situation . . .’ There were many issues facing Steve Darcis in the first round of this year’s Wimbledon Championship, though his small height situation was among the least of them. A … Continue reading


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Direction and Magnitude

World Tour Finals, Final (2) Djokovic d. (1) Nadal, 6/3 6/4 Novak Djokovic tonight defeated Rafael Nadal in the final of the World Tour Finals, an appropriately forgettable match  with which to conclude a tournament that one suspects is already … Continue reading


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A Madman’s Dream

World Tour Finals, Round Robin. As innovations in sports coverage go, the two tendencies with the patchiest success rate have typically entailed attempts to introduce more technology into proceedings and vain efforts to bring viewers closer to the players, or … Continue reading


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The Measure of Defiance

Paris Masters, Final (2) Djokovic d. (3) Ferrer, 7/5 7/5 David Ferrer didn’t quite defend his first Masters title at the Paris Masters this week, falling in the final to Novak Djokovic. But he wasn’t far off, and came considerably … Continue reading


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Small Miracles

Paris Masters, Quarterfinals It is rare at any level of professional tennis for the top eight seeds to populate the quarterfinal stage of a tournament, a result that was guaranteed the moment Rafael Nadal defeated Jerzy Janowicz in the last … Continue reading


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