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The Eternal Wonder of Nature

Basel, Final (1) Del Potro d. (3) Federer, 7/6 2/6 6/4 Roger Federer this afternoon enjoyed the unusual sensation of entering Basel’s St Jakobshalle as the underdog, although perhaps ‘enjoyed’ isn’t the word. In truth he probably enjoyed it about … Continue reading

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Living In A Blue World

Stockholm, Final (7) Dimitrov d. (1) Ferrer, 2/6 6/3 6/4 It is consistent with the ATP’s belated commitment to greater coherence that the European Indoor season, which began this week in Moscow, Vienna and Stockholm, now wastes so little time … Continue reading

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Keeping Track

Shanghai Masters, Final (1) Djokovic d. (6) del Potro, 6/1 3/6 7/6 Novak Djokovic this evening won his second straight Shanghai title, and fifteenth Masters title over all. It was also his twentieth consecutive victory in China. He was understandably … Continue reading

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Deeper Blue

Beijing, Final (1) Djokovic d. (2) Nadal, 6/3 6/4 Until yesterday, the only hardcourt tournaments that Rafael Nadal hadn’t won this year were ones he didn’t enter. It doesn’t take much to mar a perfect record – just one loss … Continue reading

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Interesting Times

Kuala Lumpur, Final Sousa d. Benneteau, 2/6 7/5 6/4 “I took my chance, it didn’t pay off and it’s hard, it’s hard, it’s very hard. But it’s sport.” Not immediately but surprisingly quickly, Julien Benneteau grew philosophical about his loss … Continue reading

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We Might Run Out Of Words

Cincinnati Masters, Final (4) Nadal d. Isner, 7/6 7/6 Rafael Nadal has won the Cincinnati Masters, defeating John Isner to claim his second Masters event in two weeks, and his third hardcourt Masters of the year. Prolonged domination by a … Continue reading

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These People Should Not Be Encouraged

Cincinnati Masters, Quarterfinal (4) Nadal d. (5) Federer, 5/7 6/4 6/3 Just as the merest commonplace can attain greater profundity via translation into Latin – quidquid Latine dictum sit, altum videtur – the indication that a rivalry has attained world-historical significance … Continue reading

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Reliably Inspirational

Cincinnati Masters, Second Round A fine third day at the Cincinnati Masters yielded the best selection of professional men’s tennis matches in months. As ever in North America this wondrous congregation of talent was witnessed by a formidable array of … Continue reading

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The Key To All Mythologies

Montreal Masters, Final (4) Nadal d. (11) Raonic, 6/2 6/2 Rafael Nadal has won the Canadian Masters for the third time, thrashing Milos Raonic in sixty-eight minutes for the loss of four games. It is Nadal’s twenty-fifth Masters title, placing … Continue reading

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A Baffled Facade

Montreal Masters, Quarterfinals (W) Pospisil d. Davydenko, 3/0 ret. (11) Raonic d. Gulbis, 7/6 4/6 6/4 (1) Djokovic d. (7) Gasquet, 6/1 6/2 (4) Nadal d. (Q) Matosevic, 6/2 6/4 Two Canadian players have reached the semifinals of the Montreal … Continue reading

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