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A Picture of Equanimity

Indian Wells Masters 1000, Final (2) Djokovic d. (7) Federer, 3/6 6/3 7/6 Novak Djokovic has won the 2014 Indian Wells Masters, embedding himself even more firmly in that group of men who’re able to generate endless copy thanks to … Continue reading

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Yuletide Bling

Brisbane, Quarterfinals The professional tennis season seems to commence earlier every year, which is to say, less late in the previous year. Eight elite men endorsed by the International Management Group were already darting through Abu Dhabi’s liquid air while … Continue reading

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The Eternal Wonder of Nature

Basel, Final (1) Del Potro d. (3) Federer, 7/6 2/6 6/4 Roger Federer this afternoon enjoyed the unusual sensation of entering Basel’s St Jakobshalle as the underdog, although perhaps ‘enjoyed’ isn’t the word. In truth he probably enjoyed it about … Continue reading

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These People Should Not Be Encouraged

Cincinnati Masters, Quarterfinal (4) Nadal d. (5) Federer, 5/7 6/4 6/3 Just as the merest commonplace can attain greater profundity via translation into Latin – quidquid Latine dictum sit, altum videtur – the indication that a rivalry has attained world-historical significance … Continue reading

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If Not Fast Then Furious

Hamburg, Semifinals (12) Fognini d. (3) Almagro, 6/4 7/6 (Q) Delbonis d. (1) Federer, 7/6 7/6 The final of the German Tennis Championships will be contested by Fabio Fognini, who has never reached this stage at any tournament so august, … Continue reading

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Detailed prophecy is not our business

Halle, Final (1) Federer d. Youzhny, 6/7 6/3 6/4 Roger Federer has defeated Mikhail Youzhny in the final of the Gerry Weber Open, a result that, as ever, prompted a number of categories, great or obscure, to increase their value … 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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Heraclitus’ Children

French Open, Day Seven Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and David Ferrer both progressed to the Roland Garros quarterfinals today, defeating Viktor Troicki and Kevin Anderson in respective straight sets, but that wasn’t the story of the day. Nor was it Roger Federer’s … Continue reading

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‘Dreadful, indeed, is the lion’s lair…’

Rome Masters, Final (5) Nadal d. (2) Federer, 6/1 6/3 Rafael Nadal today won his seventh Rome title, in the process claiming his twenty-fourth Masters trophy and establishing a favouritism for Roland Garros so clear that to go on denying … Continue reading

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Fascinating Problems

Rome Masters, Semifinals (5) Nadal d. (6) Berdych, 6/2 6/4 (2) Federer d. Paire, 7/6 6/4 Roger Federer today defeated Benoit Paire in crooked straight sets, simultaneously reaching his first final of the season, and ensuring he achieved the least … Continue reading

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