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Squandered Potential, Plays Well

A gauzy lassitude blankets men’s tennis this week, which also happens to be Roger Federer’s 286th week as the world’s top player. Admittedly the degree to which one finds it smothering will depend on your preferences regarding the top players, and towards … Continue reading


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Temazepam Tuesday

Wimbledon, Day Eight (7) Ferrer d. (9) del Potro, 6/3 6/2 6/3 Less than twenty-four hours after Mikhail Youzhny realised his secret lifelong goal of reaching the quarterfinal stage at all four majors – the fact that he has previously … Continue reading

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Minor Records and Major Drama

French Open, Day Two Kukushkin d. Gulbis, 6/4 7/6 5/7 2/6 6/4 For the first two and half sets of his match against Mikhail Kukushkin in the Roland Garros first round, Ernests Gulbis played like a man killing time, and … Continue reading


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Peaking at the Right Time

Nice, Final (3) Almagro d. (Q) Baker, 6/3 6/2 Nicolas Almagro today defeated Brian Baker in the final of the Open de Nice Côte d’Azur, thereby defending his title, and ruining the best feel-good story the sport has known in … Continue reading


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Of Curses and Inspiration

Nice, Second Round It is apparently the best kept secret in professional men’s tennis that the Open de Nice Côte d’Azur is cursed. This is the only reasonable explanation for why otherwise astute professional men’s tennis players keep turning up, … Continue reading


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