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Men’s 2019 Clay Season Preview 5 Questions

Nadal

TweetIs Rafa Nadal going to win Roland Garros No.12? Nadal has been back practicing on Clay while everyone else was getting all hot and sweaty in Miami. Clay is kinder to Nadal’s much troubled knees and its where his aggressive baseline game is most effective. He’s got an abbreviated serve to help with his ankles […]

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Roger Federer and his 101 Trophies #RF101

Rogers Cup

TweetHistory does and does not repeat itself depending on your history and how you play on the day. For Roger Federer at the age of 37, it’s harder to predict how those days are going to unfold, but when he has his day, the history you get is the kind of glittering, legendary, all conquering […]

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Miami Open Preview Five Questions

TweetThe Miami Open will take place in the new Hard Rock stadium this season with shiny new blue hard courts and improved facilities. The tournament comes hot, quite literally, on the heels of the BNP Paribas Open but it’s more an extension of the party than a hangover and the move from the Californian desert […]

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Dominic Thiem Defeats Roger Federer to Win the BNP Paribas Open

TweetDominic Thiem has had a lot of expectation put on him over the years and while he has delivered now and then- beating Novak Djokovic in the 2016 Roland Garros quarters and Rafa Nadal in Madrid last season- when it has come to the biggest moments, he has not lived up to those expectations he […]

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Federer to Face Thiem in Indian Wells Final

Thiem Federer

TweetOnce upon a time in tennis, 25 year old Dominic Thiem would have won a slam, Roland Garros, by his current age and been in the top 2 if not having had a stint at the pinnacle of his sport. Still, even in this age of 36 year old No.1s, no active slam champs under […]

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Fedal Part 39 at BNP Paribas Open

Federer Nadal

TweetFederer and Nadal will play for the 39th time in the BNP Paribas Open men’s semis on Saturday. Federer has the edge in this head to head, winning their last five matches, going back to Basel ’15. Since then, Federer beat Nadal four times in 2017- at the Australian Open, in Indian Wells, in Miami […]

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Pete Sampras Watches on in Indian Wells as Novak Djokovic Plays on Another Planet

Sampras Djokovic Indian Wells

TweetSampras sat in the VIP area wearing jeans, a T-shirt and zip up hoodie looking as relaxed as if he were going out for the night to the cinema or a late night pit stop to his favorite diner for shakes. No glitz or glamour for Pete; just that down to earth vibe which endeared […]

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Indian Wells Preview Five Scenarios

Nadal Indian Wells

TweetWhich of the five scenarios below would you like to see play out in Indian Wells? A vet wins his first ATP 1000 title Last year Juan Martin del Potro won his first ATP 1000 title beating Roger Federer in a thrilling match. That was del Potro’s first ATP 1000 win, nine years after he […]

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Australian Open Final Novak Djokovic Defeats Rafa Nadal

Djokovic

TweetAustralian Open Men’s Final- Novak Djokovic d. Rafa Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 6-3. There were a couple of narratives waiting to be told this Australian Open, but Novak Djokovic’s title win means they will have to keep on waiting, and that wait could be a while. One narrative, the changing of the guard, was dismissed in […]

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Australian Open Men’s Final Preview Novak Djokovic Vs Rafa Nadal

Roland Garros

TweetWhere to begin with these two meeting, for the 53rd time? Djokovic leads 27-25, but perhaps the most significant number is the 18-7 Djokovic leads in the hard court head to head. But while that stat suggests in this match up Djokovic tends to have the upper hand on hard courts, it’s wise to leave […]

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