Tag Archives: Nadal

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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A Tepid Glow

Sao Paulo, San Jose, Rotterdam: Finals Rafael Nadal won a tournament on clay, again. Julien Benneteau finished runner-up, again. Milos Raonic won San Jose, again. Whatever else one might expect from men’s tennis in February, do not expect the unexpected, … Continue reading


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The Black Swan

Vina del Mar, Semifinals and Final By defeating his compatriot Carlos Berlocq in straight sets in Vina del Mar, Horacio Zeballos moved through to his first tour-level final in three years. He made sure the enormity of the moment was … Continue reading


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Groove is in the Heart

Vina del Mar, Second Round Montpellier, Second Round Hajek d. (7) Troicki, 6/0 4/2 ret. My tennis day began boisterously on a sun-mottled clay court in coastal Chile and concluded in the electric shadows of Montpellier’s whimsically titled Arena. Diana … 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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Warm, Generous, Beset and Dangerous

Toronto Masters 1000, Final (1) Djokovic d. (14) Gasquet, 6/3 6/2 Novak Djokovic tonight defeated Richard Gasquet in the final of the Toronto Masters 1000. He did so in two very straight sets, and barely tarried beyond an hour, thereby … Continue reading


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A Day In The Life

I read the news today (oh boy) about an unlucky man whose knees had failed. And though the news was rather sad, some folks just had to laugh. They posted photographs. It is difficult to convey to the younger generation … Continue reading


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Top Shelf Trogglehumpers

Wimbledon, Days Four and Five The BFG was getting more distressed every moment. ‘Oh bash my eyebones!’ he cried, waving the jar in the air. ‘I come all this way to get lovely golden dreams and what is I catching?’ … 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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The Sun King

French Open, Day 16 (2) Nadal d. (1) Djokovic, 6/4 6/3 2/6 7/5 Rafael Nadal has won Roland Garros for the seventh time, which is the most times anyone has ever done it. There is presumably no one interested in … Continue reading


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