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So Many Proven Yangs

Marseilles, Final (3) Gulbis d. (2) Tsonga, 7/6 6/4 It is a strange quirk that Ernests Gulbis, that least reliable of professional tennis players, somehow boasts a perfect record in tour finals, a record he kept intact today in Marseille. … Continue reading


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Keeping Track

Shanghai Masters, Final (1) Djokovic d. (6) del Potro, 6/1 3/6 7/6 Novak Djokovic this evening won his second straight Shanghai title, and fifteenth Masters title over all. It was also his twentieth consecutive victory in China. He was understandably … Continue reading


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No Feeling Like It

French Open, Semifinal (3) Nadal d. (1) Djokovic 6/4 3/6 6/1 6/7 9/7 The final of this year’s Roland Garros will be contested by Rafael Nadal, who defeated Novak Djokovic in five supple and eventually thrilling sets, and David Ferrer, … Continue reading


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The Sound of Inevitability

French Open, Quarterfinals It was probably naïve to believe that the drama, excitement and quality that so enriched the first four rounds of this year’s Roland Garros would be sustained all the way through to the end. Such things are … Continue reading


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Heraclitus’ Children

French Open, Day Seven Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and David Ferrer both progressed to the Roland Garros quarterfinals today, defeating Viktor Troicki and Kevin Anderson in respective straight sets, but that wasn’t the story of the day. Nor was it Roger Federer’s … Continue reading


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Deep Down

Monte Carlo, Semifinals (1) Djokovic d. Fognini, 6/2 6/1 It seems magnificently unfair that Fabio Fognini should look the way he does while being a highly-ranked professional tennis player. It’s unfair on the many actors who’ll never look like that, … Continue reading


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Feathery Derangement

Indian Wells, Quarterfinals (1) Djokovic d. (8) Tsonga, 6/3 6/1 (7) del Potro d. (3) Murray, 6/7 6/3 6/1 Idle hopes that the second pair of Indian Wells quarterfinals would prove more interesting than the first grew forlorn after today’s … Continue reading


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A Blast on the Sousaphone

Davis Cup, First Round It has been a long week, and it isn’t over yet. The Australian Open concluded last Sunday, as ever seen out with considerable pomp by a 200-piece brass band performing a vexatious medley of tunes by … 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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There Will Be Mud

Mikhail Youzhny yesterday recorded his first career match win over Benjamin Becker in Doha, which would admittedly be of scant interest even to me, if it wasn’t simultaneously the Russian’s 400th career match win over anyone anywhere. One night earlier … Continue reading


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