1. Rafael Nadal, Robin Soderling Set for Heavyweight Fight

    In the absence of yet another clash between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, the best Roland Garros final we could probably have asked for was this one, as Nadal seeks to overcome the only man to have ever beaten him on French clay...

    Rob York Written by Rob York about 4 years ago 841 reads 31 comments

  2. French Open Tennis: Contemplating a Roger Federer-Less French Open

    A Grand Slam event without Roger Federer in the last weekend could be compared to seeing a movie where the protagonist dies three-quarters of the way in; kind of like seeing Neo killed off before the last act of The Matrix...

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  3. What Are Rafael Nadal's Chances? Look To the Skies

    At the US and Australian Opens, rain prompts an immediate stop in play–followed by the employment of the roof Down Under. Any tennis player dumb enough to play on wet asphalt is asking for a turned ankle, or maybe worse...

    Rob York Written by Rob York about 4 years ago 1,048 reads 16 comments

  4. Novak Djokovic Gets Through at French Open Despite Serving Woes

    One who hasn’t played tennis competitively can’t really understand what it’s like to double-fault repeatedly. It begins and ends with a lot of thinking...

    Rob York Written by Rob York about 4 years ago 542 reads 8 comments

  5. For Andy Roddick, Paris was Just Practice

    Andy Roddick entered last year’s Roland Garros having played only one clay court event, and that was on the fast courts of Madrid...

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  6. Kei Nishikori: Does Size Matter?

    It’s not news that men’s tennis these days is hardly hospitable to those under six feet in height...

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  7. Rewind '97: The Pleasant Surprise That Was Gustavo Kuerten

    For better or worse, the men’s tennis world lives in times of unprecedented order. Even when there are surprises, like Rafael Nadal losing early in last year’s Roland ...

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  8. What the Madrid Masters Means For...

    Rafael Nadal: A little more than a month ago, the Majorcan Mauler hadn’t won a title in nearly a year...

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  9. Madrid Redux: Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal Resume Their Rivalry

    For the fourth year in a row, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer will square off in the finals of the last Masters Series event before Roland Garros...

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  10. Carlos Moya: Memories of a Champion

    Somewhere in his memory it will always be January 1997, and he’ll be playing a hard-serving German on a slow, hard Australian court...

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  11. Injury Sidelines Juan Martin Del Potro: Will He Be a One-Slam Wonder?

    A tennis pro can end up with just one major victory for a variety of reasons. In the case of Iva Majoli—and potentially Ana Ivanovic and Novak Djokovic—it’s learning ...

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  12. What the Rome Masters Means For...

    Rafael Nadal: In Monte Carlo, we saw Nadal at performing at his peak as he didn’t drop a set and allowed three of his opponents just one game each—a sign that he was still capable of dominance...

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  13. The Professionalism of Roger Federer

    When listing the attributes that make a tennis player great, we most commonly speak of a player’s talent, fitness, and competitive instincts...

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  14. Lleyton Hewitt, Donald Young, and the Meaning of Will

    Lleyton Hewitt and Donald Young are separated by no more than an inch in size and by only a few pounds. Their games are both based on how they use their legs, as well as their ability to place the ball, rather than how hard they can club it...

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  15. Even in Defeat, James Blake Signals Big Year Ahead

    He’s long been known as a guy too nice to win big events and far too suspect in long matches. His result Wednesday, falling to world No. 4 and US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro 10-8 in the fifth set, will do nothing to remove those stigmas...

    Rob York Written by Rob York about over 4 years ago 431 reads 15 comments

  16. Looking for Hope in John Isner

    For this American, watching John Isner play is frustrating on a pair of levels. First, there’s the wariness of knowing that a young American player has a chance of notching an important ...

    Rob York Written by Rob York about over 4 years ago 422 reads 12 comments

  17. Nikolay Davydenko: Don't Call Him a Dark Horse

    Nikolay Davydenko has been regarded with a mixture of awe and sympathy for many years. He announced himself as a factor in the 2005 Australian Open, after causing a minor, yet noticeable jolt ...

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  18. Rewind '00: Sampras, Agassi, and the Titanic Tiebreak

    At their best, Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi were largely regarded as peers in the talent department. So what explains Sampras having nearly twice as many majors as Agassi and leading their ...

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  19. The Great Australians: Ken Rosewall

    In anticipation of the Australian Open, we in the tennis community will be offering career retrospetives on some of Australia's greatest players...

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  20. History Repeats: What Sampras-Rafter Can Teach Us About Nadal-Soderling

    In 1997 Patrick Rafter won his first major at the US Open, thanks to his agile movement, big-kicking serve, and unparalleled net coverage...

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  21. Novak Djokovic: 2010 Starts Now

    How will Novak Djokovic look back on 2009? As things stand now, it would seem a letdown from the prior year, when he captured his first major title at the 2008 Australian Open, then threw in ...

    Rob York Written by Rob York about almost 5 years ago 1,251 reads 21 comments

  22. The Greatest Competitors in Men's Tennis History

    Talent is the beginning, not the end. There are so many other traits that a tennis player must have to be a champion. Fitness is crucial, as is willingness to prioritize the game above other interests...

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  23. How Andre Agassi Should Respond to His Critics

    What Martina Navratilova said: "Shocking. Not as much shock that he did it as shock he lied about it and didn't own up to it. He's up there with Roger Clemens, as far as I'm concerned. He owned up to it, but it doesn't help now...

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  24. In the Zone with Pete Sampras, Part Two

    After Pete Sampras spent most of 1995 chasing Andre Agassi in the rankings, then defeated him in the final of the US Open, Tennis magazine wrote that Sampras “never again needs to prove how good he is...

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  25. Tennis: As We Bid Adieu to Marat Safin (Pt Two)

    It's not every week that a two-time slam winner and major personality retires, so to mark the occasion of Marat Safin's departure, Long John Silver and I look back at his career...

    Rob York Written by Rob York about almost 5 years ago 1,052 reads 28 comments