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The Limits of Good Taste

Indian Wells, Day Five (Q) Gulbis d. (20) Seppi, 5/7 6/3 6/4 Ernests Gulbis has now won thirteen consecutive matches, an audacious streak that includes the Delray Beach title, as well as qualification for that event and the current one, … 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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Obscure Trivia and the Pursuit Thereof

Rotterdam, Quarterfinals Momentous events are unfolding, at least as the term ‘momentous’ is understood within the constricting parameters of men’s professional tennis in February. Of the three events being conducted this week, two managed to lose their defending champions within … Continue reading


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Waxing Eulogistic

Australian Open, Semifinal (3) Murray d. (2) Federer, 6/4 6/7 6/3 6/7 6/2 Thirteen hours have passed since a superb Andy Murray won the second men’s semifinal at the Australian Open, which it turns out is more than enough time … Continue reading


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Winning Slowly Fast

Australian Open, Quarterfinals  (1) Djokovic d. (5) Berdych, 6/1 4/6 6/1 6/2 (2) Federer d. (7) Tsonga, 7/6 4/6 7/6 3/6 6/3 (3) Murray d. Chardy, 6/4 6/1 6/2 (4) Ferrer d. (10) Almagro, 4/6 4/6 7/5 7/6 6/2 Four … Continue reading


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The Daft and the Spurious

Australian Open, Day 10 The story has emerged, or coagulated, that Andy Murray and his support team are dissatisfied with the Australian Open’s decision to schedule his quarterfinal against Jeremy Chardy for this afternoon, while Roger Federer was once again … Continue reading


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Living Vicariously Through Oneself

Australian Open, Third Round (2) Federer d. Tomic, 6/4 7/6 6/1 If the first week of a two week tennis tournament can be said to climax at all, then it climaxed tonight on Rod Laver Arena with the culmination of … Continue reading


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A Punch in the Face

Australian Open, Second Round (1) Djokovic d. Harrison, 6/1 6/2 6/3 Novak Djokovic tonight defeated Ryan Harrison in a featured night match that was almost precisely as uncompetitive as everyone besides Ryan Harrison expected it to be. The first time … Continue reading


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Not A Means, But An End

In 2011, for the first time in the Open Era, no male tennis player reached his first Grand Slam semifinal. In 2012 it happened for the second time. This means there hasn’t been a new face in the final four … Continue reading


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A Modern Kind Of Fairy Tale

World Tour Finals, Final (2) Djokovic d. (1) Federer, 7/6 7/5 Novak Djokovic has ended the frivolous debate over who should be considered the ATP’s Player of the Year by defeating Roger Federer in the final of the World Tour … Continue reading


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