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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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And At His Age

Queens, Final (6) Cilic d. (10) Nalbandian, 6/7 4/3 default When Tommy Haas – who I am contractually bound to point out is 34 years old – upset Roger Federer in the Halle final, you would have been forgiven for … Continue reading

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A Modest Proposal

Halle, Semifinals The finalists at both Queens and Halle have been decided, and the line-up is about what one might expect, assuming you have just emerged from a decade-long coma. (If you have, then allow me to be the first … Continue reading

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A Magic Box of Chocolates

Madrid Masters, First Round (12) Monfils d. Kohlschreiber, 7/5 6/7 6/3 Gael Monfils this afternoon defeated Philipp Kohlschreiber in a fine match in the first round of the Madrid Masters, and afterwards failed to label the court the worst in … Continue reading

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The Usual Rules of Taste or Sanity

Indian Wells, Quarterfinals (3) Federer d. (9) del Potro, 6/3 6/2 (2) Nadal d. Nalbandian, 4/6 7/5 6/4 The quarterfinals at the Indian Wells Masters are now complete. The question of whether anything new can be said of Roger Federer … Continue reading

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On Their Day, On Their Clay

Davis Cup, Final Day Three Nadal d. del Potro, 1/6 6/4 6/1 7/6 The final stroke of the 2011 tennis season was a forehand winner by Rafael Nadal, and it won the Davis Cup for Spain. Neither occurrence is especially … Continue reading

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Thrown Under The Hooves

Davis Cup, Final Day One Nadal d. Monaco, 6/1 6/1 6/2 Ferrer d. del Potro, 6/2 6/7 3/6 6/4 6/3 Juan Monaco, in what he himself declared to be the most important tennis match of his career, was thrashed by … Continue reading

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He Just Can’t Win

Stockholm, First Round Nalbandian d. Malisse, 4/6 7/6 7/6 Nine years ago David Nalbandian and Xavier Malisse met in the semifinal of what is widely considered to be the most dreary Wimbledon in living memory, a judgement derived in large … Continue reading

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The Stories They Won’t Tell

Washington, Second Round Blake d. (8) Nalbandian, 6/2 6/4 In the dew-smeared eyes of the sadly uninitiated, it probably seems as though the last decade of men’s tennis belonged to Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Champions, both, and champions define … Continue reading

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Hardcourt Retrospective (Part 2)

Welcome to my continuing look back at the hardcourt season just ended. The first part, which goes into slightly more detail about why I’m even bothering, can be found here. Part One looked at the top players. This part examines … Continue reading

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