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Some Kind of Madness

The second Monday at Wimbledon is, by the reckoning of many, the single finest day of men’s tennis on the annual calendar, a status reflected in the apparently irresistible urge to append an alliterative descriptor to it. It has been … Continue reading

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No Feeling Like It

French Open, Semifinal (3) Nadal d. (1) Djokovic 6/4 3/6 6/1 6/7 9/7 The final of this year’s Roland Garros will be contested by Rafael Nadal, who defeated Novak Djokovic in five supple and eventually thrilling sets, and David Ferrer, … Continue reading

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The Sound of Inevitability

French Open, Quarterfinals It was probably naïve to believe that the drama, excitement and quality that so enriched the first four rounds of this year’s Roland Garros would be sustained all the way through to the end. Such things are … Continue reading

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Rich With Portent

Monte Carlo Masters, Final (1) Djokovic d. (3) Nadal, 6/2 7/6 The Monte Carlo Masters final was off to an unpromising start when, moments before its protagnists could take to the court, the clouds carried through on an earlier threat … Continue reading

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Deep Down

Monte Carlo, Semifinals (1) Djokovic d. Fognini, 6/2 6/1 It seems magnificently unfair that Fabio Fognini should look the way he does while being a highly-ranked professional tennis player. It’s unfair on the many actors who’ll never look like that, … Continue reading

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Feathery Derangement

Indian Wells, Quarterfinals (1) Djokovic d. (8) Tsonga, 6/3 6/1 (7) del Potro d. (3) Murray, 6/7 6/3 6/1 Idle hopes that the second pair of Indian Wells quarterfinals would prove more interesting than the first grew forlorn after today’s … Continue reading

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Dramatic Reenactments

There were three ATP tour events concluded at various points this weekend. Individually they demonstrated certain principles in their own right, while collectively they offered yet more unnecessary proof that not all tennis events are created equal. Yesterday Novak Djokovic … Continue reading

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Local Culture

Dubai Semifinal (3) Berdych d. (2) Federer, 3/6 7/6 6/4 The tendency for broadcasters of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships to liberally sprinkle their coverage with images and footage of local architecture is apparently irresistible. Admittedly, it is a … 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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Enough is Enough

Australian Open, Final (1) Djokovic d. (3) Murray, 6/7 7/6 6/3 6/2 Novak Djokovic defeated Andy Murray in the last match of the 2013 Australian Open, historically the match a fellow must win in order to be proclaimed champion. Given … Continue reading

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