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An Effect So Poetic

Davis Cup, Final Until last year the tiny proportion of the Czech Republic concentrated in its Davis Cup team had not won the Davis Cup since 1980. They’ve now won it for the second year in a row, by fielding … Continue reading

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The Drums of War

Davis Cup, World Group Playoffs and Semifinals Which maniac’s idea was it to schedule the Davis Cup semifinals for the week after the US Open? Even in the best years the turnaround is cruelly brief, a situation roughly analogous to … Continue reading

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A Mite Overstimulated

Davis Cup, Quarterfinals Having narrowly survived the treacherous eddies and rips of its opening two rounds, the 2013 Davis Cup  has finally entered clear water down the home straight. The World Group semifinal line-up can now be made out, gathering detail as … Continue reading

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A Prolonged Bender

Davis Cup, First Round There is little that has transpired over the first Davis Cup weekend of the 2013 season that hasn’t been seen before, but I cannot recall that I’ve ever seen it happen everywhere all at once. In … Continue reading

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A Blast on the Sousaphone

Davis Cup, First Round It has been a long week, and it isn’t over yet. The Australian Open concluded last Sunday, as ever seen out with considerable pomp by a 200-piece brass band performing a vexatious medley of tunes by … Continue reading

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The Trimmings of Objectivity

It didn’t take long for my innocent intention to write about the best tennis matches of 2012 to be revealed as dewy-eyed naivety. It was supposed to be simple, but rapidly came to feel reductive, if not intrinsically dishonest. The more … Continue reading

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Shredding The Lions

Davis Cup Final, Day Three Ferrer d. Berdych, 6/2 6/3 7/5 Stepanek d. Almagro, 6/4 7/6 3/6 6/3 The Czech Republic has defeated Spain in the one hundredth final of the Davis Cup. Astute historical observers might note that the … Continue reading

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Lessons Learned

Davis Cup Final, Day One Ferrer d. Stepanek, 6/3 6/4 6/4 Berdych d. Almagro, 6/3 3/6 6/3 6/7 6/3 The first day of the 2012 Davis Cup final has been completed, with the Czech Republic and the constitutional monarchy of … Continue reading

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A Question Of Depth

World Group Semifinals Czech Republic d. Argentina, 3-2 Spain d. USA, 3-1 Spain will face the Czech Republic in the 2012 Davis Cup final, which I fervently hope is more engaging than either of this weekend’s two semifinals turned out … Continue reading

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The Thing About Assumptions

Davis Cup, Quarterfinals, Day Three Czech Rep. d. Serbia, 4-1 Berdych d. Tipsarevic, 7/6 7/6 7/6 In twenty years’ time, someone poring over old tennis scores might chance upon today’s Davis Cup results, and might make certain assumptions – entirely … Continue reading

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