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So Many Proven Yangs

Marseilles, Final (3) Gulbis d. (2) Tsonga, 7/6 6/4 It is a strange quirk that Ernests Gulbis, that least reliable of professional tennis players, somehow boasts a perfect record in tour finals, a record he kept intact today in Marseille. … Continue reading

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Such As It Is

The grass season, such as it is, has arrived. Terre battue has, finally, given way to emerald sward, although in Halle the sward always looks at risk of being churned into muck. Although I’m partial to the event – I’d … Continue reading

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First Strike

Madrid Masters, Quarterfinals David Ferrer was tonight defeated in clinical fashion by Roger Federer at the Madrid Masters, whereupon he shocked the attendant media by failing to threaten a boycott of the event next year. Unspoken words, reflecting unthought thoughts, … Continue reading

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Acts of Heroism, Acts of Mercy

Chennai, Final (3) Raonic d. (1) Tipsarevic, 6/7 7/6 7/6 Chennai was won by Milos Raonic, who overcame a couple of transient top-tenners in the final two rounds. In neither the semifinal against Nicolas Almagro nor in the final against … Continue reading

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Good Clean Fun

‘Watch Australia’s Lleyton Hewitt take on China’s finest, tonight at the Hopman Cup!’ implored my television, via a promo pregnant with subtext. The subtext read that Hewitt is no longer Australia’s finest, and that China’s finest – Wu Di – … Continue reading

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The Art of Understatement

Gstaad, Final Granollers d. Verdasco, 6/4 3/6 6/3 Hands up who remembers that American Express ad from some years back, the one in which Andy Roddick stoically endures those side-splitting situations that arise when one transports various trophies via commercial … Continue reading

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A Real Mouth Opener

Miami Masters, Third Round The commentary gem of the day arrived courtesy of the ever-reliable Jason Goodall: ‘For lovers of talent, it’s an eye-watering prospect!’ He was spruiking the up-coming clash between Alexandr Dolgopolov and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, whose skills are … Continue reading

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A Sobering Memento

Indian Wells, Third Round Kohlschreiber d. Soderling, 7/6 6/4 Nadal d. Sweeting, 6/3 6/1 For the first time in their rivalry, Robin Soderling and Philip Kohlschreiber failed to go the distance, largely because the distance lay somewhere deep in the … Continue reading

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Dreamboats

Abierto Mexicano Telcel, Acapulco Quarterfinals Nicolas Almagro, a six foot monument to meticulous grooming and preternaturally clear skin, would not look misplaced in that kind of daytime soap opera they used to have in the 1980s, which is to say … Continue reading

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Don’t Watch This Space

Yet another week with three tournaments running concurrently, meaning that for the general tennis fan – whose interest begins and ends at the majors – there is a vast array of tennis to not get caught up in. Depending on … Continue reading

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