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The Elusive Billy Bye

Andy Murray tomorrow plays his third promising youngster in a row. He’ll face Grigor Dimitrov in a widely anticipated Stadium Court encounter. The last time they met was in the Brisbane final in January (the heat and humidity will thus seem familiar). Yesterday … 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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The Same New Balls

Now that Bernard Tomic has attained twenty years of age – a milestone that was as restrained in its celebration as it was devoid of homoeroticism – there are once again no teenagers ranked within the ATP’s top one hundred, … Continue reading

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Anything Can Happen

Olympic Games, Day One Darcis d. (6) Berdych, 6/4 6/4 Giraldo d. Harrison, 7/5 6/3 It didn’t take long for my contention that Tomas Berdych is currently vulnerable in early rounds to be proved correct, although my equally assured conviction … Continue reading

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These Callow Brutes

Båstad, Semifinals (1) Ferrer d. (6) Dimitrov, 6/2 7/5 I am always intrigued by the odd narratives that congeal around a given tennis player. David Ferrer won his fiftieth match of 2012 in luscious Båstad today, although I should clear … 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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Photon-Drunk

(4) Murray d. Harrison, 4/6 6/3 6/4 6/2 Photon-drunk from the sun’s intimate and ceaseless ministrations, I had either begun to hear voices, or else the suffocating heat had proved sufficient to rewire my brain for telepathy. “I mean, I … Continue reading

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Stern, Assured and Aromatic

Brisbane, First Round (8) Tomic d. Benneteau, 6/2 4/6 7/5 Baghdatis d. Harrison, 7/6 6/4 Mixed results for the scourge of troubled youths in Brisbane. Bernard Tomic showed a stern and rare manliness in overcoming Julien Benneteau in three sets. … Continue reading

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New Balls (Please)

In the eternal quest for recognition, there is no quality more valuable than to be easily and readily identifiable. This is not a difficult concept, although its ramifications are many, and it is amazing how long it took to catch … Continue reading

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The Merely Talented

US Open, First Round (7) Monfils d. Dimitrov, 7/6 6/3 6/4 (27) Cilic d. Harrison, 6/2 7/5 7/6 Tomic d. Yani, 6/3 6/4 6/4 If compelled (under duress) to say what it is about Grigor Dimitrov that makes him the … Continue reading

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