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The Architect of Accidents: Gilles Simon

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Added by Sharapovanovic on December 1, 2010 at 11:55pm — No Comments

Czech Him Out: Tomas Berdych

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Added by Sharapovanovic on September 26, 2010 at 3:00am — No Comments

Back to Business: WTA Cincinnati / ATP Toronto Previews

Returning from our two-week “WTA vacation,” we were delighted to see that many…

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Added by Sharapovanovic on August 11, 2010 at 12:12am — No Comments

Two Sports in One? Tennis Live vs. on TV

After a prolonged sojourn in Europe, live tennis returns to California with tournaments in Stanford and San Diego. While we prepare to visit those consecutive events, we reflect upon a few of the most striking differences between the spectator experience on TV and at the venue. Be aware that these comments are highly subjective, so a different observer might leave a…

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Added by Sharapovanovic on July 26, 2010 at 3:29pm — No Comments

Standing Tall: John Isner



For this latest article in our series of player profiles, we have chosen a different format from the “five strength, five weakness” structure that we previously favored. Discussing the towering American, we address eight key questions…

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Added by Sharapovanovic on July 22, 2010 at 8:56pm — No Comments

5(+1) Plotlines to Ponder: US Open Series Edition

Spearheaded by American #1 Roddick, the fledgling Atlanta event initiates the US Open Series today. Similar to the “Road to Roland Garros,” these eleven tournaments (six ATP, five WTA) attempt to serve the dual purpose of affording players ample preparation for the…

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Added by Sharapovanovic on July 20, 2010 at 12:30am — No Comments

To Have and Have Not: Ernests Gulbis

Moving from the WTA to the ATP and from defense to offense, we respond to a pre-Roland Garros request for a profile on the “little Safin,” Ernests Gulbis. After a hideous 2009 campaign, this longtime underachiever finally began chipping into the vast iceberg of his talent during the spring of 2010, when he scored a possibly career-redefining victory over Federer en route to the Rome semifinals. The scion of an affluent Latvian family, Gulbis was named after American author Ernest Hemingway,…

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Added by Sharapovanovic on July 15, 2010 at 12:41am — No Comments

"Pushing" Upward: Caroline Wozniacki





As Spain exchanges the Davis Cup for the World Cup, we shift from our match-oriented analyses to another article in our series of player profiles. Turning 20 today (July 11), Caroline Wozniacki already has embedded her name among the WTA elite, yet the engaging Dane still struggles to shed the label of “pusher.” Employed to characterize counterpunchers…

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Added by Sharapovanovic on July 11, 2010 at 10:17pm — No Comments

Clash of Nations: Davis Cup Quarterfinal Preview

Conventionally considered a second-tier competition populated by mid-level players, the Davis Cup also can be perceived as a theater where those outside the ATP elite can seize a rare chance for immortality. Contrasting with most tournaments in this individual sport, the raucous atmosphere of the national team competition often christens unexpected heroes. Studded with several marquee attractions, though, will the quarterfinals perpetuate or diverge from this pattern?…

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Added by Sharapovanovic on July 8, 2010 at 4:27pm — No Comments

Five to Frame: Top Five ATP / Top Five WTA Matches of the First Half

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Added by Sharapovanovic on July 8, 2010 at 4:04pm — No Comments

English Class: Grading Wimbledon (As, Bs, Cs, Fs)

Standing head and shoulders above their respective challengers (figuratively in Nadal’s case), the two #1s asserted their authority with emphatic victories in Wimbledon’s final weekend. As the victors bask in the glow of their well-deserved triumphs, we present report cards for the principal contenders as well as those who surprised us, for better or for worse.…

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Added by Sharapovanovic on July 4, 2010 at 11:30pm — 3 Comments

Fields of Glory (XIII): Wimbledon Day 13 Preview

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Added by Sharapovanovic on July 3, 2010 at 9:18pm — No Comments

Fields of Glory (XII): Wimbledon Day 12 Preview

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Added by Sharapovanovic on July 2, 2010 at 11:22pm — No Comments

Fields of Glory (XI): Wimbledon Day 11 Preview







For once, form held in the women’s tournament as the two seeded players expelled their unseeded challengers from these fabled lawns (not without considerable effort, to be sure). Will the upset genie now shift to the men’s tournament, where a pair of mini-upsets look somewhat plausible? We explore the less than insurmountable tasks confronting each…

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Added by Sharapovanovic on July 1, 2010 at 11:56pm — No Comments

Fields of Glory (X): Wimbledon Day 10 Preview





Zvonareva (21) vs. Pironkova: Amidst widespread reports of Russia’s demise as the dominant WTA power, Zvonareva has bravely upheld her nation’s honor by reaching the semifinals in both singles and doubles. This unexpected heroine demonstrated uncharacteristic mental tenacity by rebounding from adversity more than once in her quarterfinal victory…

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Added by Sharapovanovic on July 1, 2010 at 12:54am — No Comments

Fields of Glory (IX): Wimbledon Day 9 Preview

Federer (1) vs. Berdych (12): Far from flawless in his first two rounds, Federer rediscovered his range during the next two matches and has dropped just 16 games in his last 6 sets. Having fallen to a…

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Added by Sharapovanovic on June 30, 2010 at 4:01am — No Comments

Fields of Glory (VIII); Wimbledon Day 8 Preview

Clijsters (8) vs. Zvonareva (21): Who would have guessed that Zvonareva would be the last Russian standing at Wimbledon? While Kim has won all five of their previous meetings,…

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Added by Sharapovanovic on June 29, 2010 at 2:36am — No Comments

Fields of Glory (VII): Wimbledon Day 7 Preview

Effective but unspectacular in her third-round victory, Sharapova reached the second week of a Slam for just the second time in her comeback from shoulder surgery and extended an encouraging passage of play that began with her Strasbourg title in May. Compiling a 14-3 record since her return from elbow injury, Maria now confronts a monumental challenge in world…

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Added by Sharapovanovic on June 28, 2010 at 2:48am — No Comments

Fields of Glory (VI): Wimbledon Day 6 Preview







Among the most compelling reasons to watch Novak Djokovic is the Serb’s unpredictability, which echoes the pleasantly surprising narratives that emerge from this unpredictable sport. Expecting an engaging Day 5 after perusing the order of play, however, we were unpleasantly surprised by the dreary day that developed from what had seemed fascinating encounters.…

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Added by Sharapovanovic on June 26, 2010 at 1:00am — No Comments

Fields of Glory (V): Day 5 Wimbledon Preview

Henin (17) vs. Petrova (12) (Centre Court, 1st match): Two Slams ago, Petrova scored a stunning third-round upset over a member of Belgium’s dazzling duo, and she has an opportunity to repeat the feat on the grandest stage of all. Typically tormented by Henin’s graceful, versatile style, the programmatic Russian dropped two tight matches to…

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Added by Sharapovanovic on June 24, 2010 at 10:59pm — No Comments

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