Category Archives: Grand Slams

Going For Broke A Little Bit

The 2015 Australian Open concluded in a manner that proved satisfying even as it felt inevitable: Fabio Fognini and Simone Bolelli claimed their maiden Slam doubles title, just as we all predicted they would. More surprisingly, the singles title was won by … Continue reading

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The South Face of Melbourne Park

Australian Open, First Week (Bottom Half) Fourth Round: Kyrgios d. Seppi, 5/7 4/6 6/3 7/6 8/6 Nick Kyrgios has reached the quarterfinals of the 2015 Australian Open, recovering from two sets down to defeat Andreas Seppi, in much the same … Continue reading

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A Unifying Theme

Australian Open, First Round The early rounds of last year’s Australian Open were mainly notable for the apocalyptic heat, the main results of which were the emergence of a lot of self-proclaimed experts on elite athlete physiology, very few actual … Continue reading

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Radiant Joy

US Open, Final (14) Čilić d. (10) Nishikori, 6/3 6/3 6/3 Marin Čilić has won the 2014 US Open, thus shortening by one entry the list of sentences I thought I’d never write. Precisely where it ranked on this list was … Continue reading

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Rich With Portent

Wimbledon 2014 (1) Djokovic d. (4) Federer, 6/7 6/4 7/6 5/7 6/4 Novak Djokovic has won his second Wimbledon title, three years after winning his first, and almost four hours after commencing a classically sinuous final in which triumph and … Continue reading

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Cubist Masterpieces

Roland Garros, Fourth Round The fourth round of the 2014 edition of Roland Garros is complete, thus concluding a first week that began nine days ago, and ushering a second week that will last a mere six. Structurally, the fourth … Continue reading

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Speechless Saying That

Australian Open, Final (8) Wawrinka d. (1) Nadal, 6/3 6/2 3/6 6/3 Stanislas Wawrinka has won the 2014 Australian Open, thereby proving wrong those who’d maintained he couldn’t, a group in which he himself was often prominent. At a single … Continue reading

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An Emotional Feeling

Australian Open, Semifinal (1) Nadal d. (6) Federer, 7/6 6/3 6/3 The Australian Open provides those of us who otherwise avoid commercial television with plenty of excellent reasons not to alter our viewing habits for the rest of the year. … Continue reading

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A Lesson in Parental Fallibility

Australian Open, Quarterfinals (8) Wawrinka d. (2) Djokovic, 2/6 6/4 6/2 3/6 9/7 It presumably surprised no one that Channel 7’s hype-department went into overdrive at the prospect of another blockbuster match between Novak Djokovic and Stanislas Wawrinka. As with … Continue reading

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Forsaken Geometry

Australian Open, Fourth Round The first week of the 2014 Australian Open was feverishly warm, generating liquid quick conditions that caused results to flow in all directions, and ensuring that reporters who’d spent too little of their off-season toiling on … Continue reading

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