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The Careful American

The location is Rod Laver Arena. The situation is the semifinal of the Australian Open. The year is 2005. The month is January. It was a simpler time, and we all spoke in much shorter sentences. The protagonists are Andy … Continue reading

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Meltingly Warm and Liquid Quick

US Open, Days Five and Six (3) Murray d. (30) Lopez 7/6 7/6 4/6 7/6 We’re now almost three rounds deep in the 2012 US Open, and one of the top three seeds has actually dropped a set. It was … Continue reading

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Believe in the Stars

Olympic Games, Day Four (2) Djokovic d. Roddick, 6/2 6/1 “’Believe in the stars’ . . . It’s like that doesn’t even mean anything anymore.” The disillusioned words of Kenneth Ellen Parcell rang in my ears as Andy Roddick’s celestially … Continue reading

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A Gibbering Wreck

Olympic Games, Day Three My patriotic commitment to follow the planet’s least understated sporting festival in real time was always going to result in total exhaustion eventually, given the cruel decision to stage it ten time zones in the past. … Continue reading

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Hardcourt Retrospective 2012 (Part Two)

This is Part Two of my look back at some of the players for whom the hardcourt season proved definitive, for better or for worse. The selection of players discussed might seem odd, although this is hopefully only because it … Continue reading

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A Sudden, Fey Glint

Miami Masters, Third Round (31) Roddick d. (3) Federer, 7/6 1/6 6/4 Roger Federer was tonight defeated by Andy Roddick in a strange encounter that balanced a first set in which the Swiss could hardly have played worse with a … Continue reading

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Night Thoughts

Australian Open, Second Round (Day Four) (14) Monfils d. Bellucci, 2/6 6/0 6/4 6/2 Like the unending and infinitely kitsch waltzes of Johann Strauss Jr., which inspire Austrians in Vienna but nausea everywhere else, Henri Leconte’s deranged commentary only really … Continue reading

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Wildcards No More

Shanghai Masters, Second Round (10) Roddick d. Dimitrov, 7/6 7/5 Tomic d. (5) Fish, 4/6 6/1 6/4 Nishikori d. Haase, 0/6 7/5 7/6 The talk, as the Shanghai Masters commenced, was of how so anaemic a main draw might nonetheless … Continue reading

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Swingers

Bangkok, Quarterfinals Murray d. Dimitrov, 6/4 6/4 The 2011 Asian Swing is only four days old, but already I’ve decided I can’t stand the term. Perhaps I should be clearer. The Asian part is fine. Indeed, I cannot fault it … Continue reading

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Cynical Voices

US Open, Fourth Round and Quarterfinals (21) Roddick d. (5) Ferrer, 6/3 6/4 3/6 6/3 Andy Roddick today defeated David Ferrer in four sets, as comprehensive an upset as the difference in their respective rankings would suggest, notwithstanding that it … Continue reading

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