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Those Points You Can’t Get Back

Wimbledon, Semifinal, 2000 (12) Rafter d. (2) Agassi, 7/5 4/6 7/5 4/6 6/3 Andre Agassi and Patrick Rafter contested three consecutive Wimbledon semifinals between 1999 and 2001. Only the first of these, through which the American romped in particularly straight … Continue reading

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Champion Of Everything

Novak Djokovic will almost certainly finish 2012 as the No.1 ranked player in the world, or in the diffident parlance of the ATP’s marketing department, the ATP World Tour Champion. With only three weeks of the regular season left to … Continue reading

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The Far Side Of The World

Winston-Salem, Final (3) Isner d. (2) Berdych, 3/6 6/4 7/6 John Isner yesterday spent almost two and a half hours defeating Tomas Berdych in the final at Winston-Salem, eventually saving three match points in the third set tiebreaker. The American … Continue reading

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Great Matches You’ve Probably Never Heard Of #6

San Jose, 2002, Final Hewitt d. Agassi, 4/6 7/6 7/6 When the time comes to compose the definitive history of tennis – doubtless to commemorate a milestone in the game’s development, perhaps its passing – there will almost certainly be … Continue reading

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An Awfully Nice Curse

Roland Garros, Day Three (Q) Kubot d. (11) Almagro, 3/6 2/6 7/6 7/6 6/4 Of all the practical jokes recently inflicted on Nicolas Almagro, two in particular were humdingers, and it’s a nice question which of them has proved funnier. … Continue reading

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Incomparable

Paul Annacone now coaches Roger Federer, who is 29 years old. Annacone originally coached Pete Sampras, who at one point was also 29. The parallel is uncanny, irrefutable, yet when Annacone is invited to compare Federer with Sampras – and … Continue reading

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The Hip and The Head

With the World Tour Finals out of the way for another season, the time seems apposite to travel back a decade to the first Tennis Masters Cup, which remains one of the finest season finales ever contested. Tennis Masters Cup, … Continue reading

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Great Matches You’ve Probably Never Heard Of #2

Tennis Masters Cup 2003 Round Robin Federer d. Agassi 6-7, 6-3, 7-6 Roger Federer arrived Houston in November 2003 as a relatively modest world No.3, weary after a middling indoor season, and publicly irritated with the tournament itself.  He would … Continue reading

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Great Matches You’ve Probably Never Heard Of #1

Los Angeles Final 1999 Sampras d. Agassi, 7/6 7/6 Andre Agassi devotes only a few lines to this match in Open, but this is how he chose to remember it: ‘I fly to Los Angeles and play well. I meet … Continue reading

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