1. Ivo Karlovic: I Love the '90s!

    There’s something about Ivo Karlovic’s current run through the Wimbledon draw that makes me want to turn on my favorite Soundgarden record and rent my favorite Jeff Goldblum sci-fi summer action flick...

    Rob York Written by Rob York about 5 years ago 603 reads 34 comments

  2. Men's Tennis Power Rankings: Roger Federer Back on Top

    The Top 10 1. Roger Federer—ATP Ranking: No. 2 Last Four Tournaments Played: Wimbledon [Quarterfinalist and still alive] 360 pts, Roland Garros [Winner] 2000 pts, Madrid [Winner] 1000 pts, and Rome [Semifinalist] 360 pts...

    Rob York Written by Rob York about 5 years ago 1,471 reads 62 comments

  3. Nadal, Djokovic: When Bad Things Happen to Good Tennis Players

    Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? … But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face...

    Rob York Written by Rob York about 5 years ago 1,560 reads 37 comments

  4. Creature Vs. Creature: Del Potro Must Drop The Blade

    For the argument in Lleyton Hewitt's favor, check out Long John Silver's take here. Introduction In what is probably the biggest match-up of the 2009 Wimbledon so far (aside from Gulbis-Murray), No...

    Rob York Written by Rob York about 5 years ago 285 reads 23 comments

  5. Tommy Haas: Making Up for Lost Time

    Tommy Haas exemplifies tennis’ lost generation. Though it produced a few standouts—Gustavo Kuerten, Lleyton Hewitt, and Marat Safin had similar levels of success—the players ...

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  6. Wimbledon Rewind: Pete Sampras Vs. Boris Becker 1997

    Growth is part of nature, technology, and economics, and what is sufficient today might not be good enough for next year...

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  7. A Tennis Player, Unstuck in Time

    Were I to come unstuck in time, like a character in a Kurt Vonnegut tale, how would I tell my story as a tennis player? Maybe a little like this: I am 9 years old and, like most boys that age, a star athlete in my own mind...

    Rob York Written by Rob York about 5 years ago 622 reads 79 comments

  8. Women's Tennis Power Rankings: June 8

    1. Dinara Safina: WTA Ranking: 1 Last Four Tournaments Played: Roland Garros [Finalist] 1400 pts; Madrid [Winner] 1000 pts; Rome [Winner] 800 pts; Stuttgart [Finalist] 320 pts. Total pts 3520...

    Rob York Written by Rob York about 5 years ago 2,319 reads 26 comments

  9. Creature Vs. Creature: Kuznetsova More Battle-Tested Than Safina

    For Dinara Safina's side, check out Rohini's take. IntroductionSaturday’s women’s final will be the third all-Russian Grand Slam championship in WTA history, as top-ranked Dinara Safina battles No...

    Rob York Written by Rob York about 5 years ago 180 reads 9 comments

  10. Creature Vs. Creature: It's All About Soderling

    For Fernando Gonzalez's side, see Long John Silver's take. IntroductionEven for an era of increased forehand velocity, the semifinal matchup between Robin Soderling and Fernando Gonzalez promises exceptionally hard hitting...

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  11. Roger Federer: Play Naturally

    If you're not familiar with the tune to "Act Naturally," go here and listen to the Beatles' version first. They're gonna put me on Philippe Chatrier They're gonna make a big star outta ...

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  12. Robin Soderling Clubs Nikolay Davydenko To Reach the RG Semis

    Nikolay Davydenko has long served as a good measuring stick for the top players’ performances. The Russian is consistent, fast, and aggressive enough to handle nearly all players ...

    Rob York Written by Rob York about 5 years ago 289 reads 30 comments

  13. Soderling, Davydenko: The Clubber Vs. The Puncher

    In the quarterfinal that was supposed to be the all-Spaniard clash of Rafael Nadal and Fernando Verdasco, tennis fans will instead witness the giant-killer Robin Soderling against current world No...

    Rob York Written by Rob York about 5 years ago 643 reads 38 comments

  14. Mr. Garros' Opus: Who Is the Star This Time?

    Somewhere in Paris, a muscular yet dejected-looking Spanish actor in a bright pink and navy blue costume sits outside of a theater. From behind comes a dark-haired Swiss performer in light blue garb...

    Rob York Written by Rob York about 5 years ago 274 reads 44 comments

  15. Andy Roddick's Clay Feat

    Don’t look now, but Andy Roddick is having his best Roland Garros ever. To find the last time he won matches (note the use of the plural) at the RG, you’d have to go all ...

    Rob York Written by Rob York about 5 years ago 536 reads 22 comments

  16. Creature Vs. Creature: Nadal Will Shut The Door On Hewitt

    For the opposite side of the debate, read the piece by Lleyton Hewitt's No. 1 fan, Long John Silver. Introduction: Rafael Nadal and Lleyton Hewitt are the best embodiments of heart, determination and dedication on the ATP Tour...

    Rob York Written by Rob York about 5 years ago 608 reads 27 comments

  17. Serena Williams: The Yin and The Yang

    Serena Williams, despite being the most gifted women’s player of her generation, is not certain to win every tournament she enters. She is, however, a sure bet to make news whenever she chooses to...

    Rob York Written by Rob York about 5 years ago 757 reads 30 comments

  18. The Soderling Recipe

    The men on the ATP Tour are generally a sporting lot with many likable qualities. Rafael Nadal has a heart the size of a beach ball, but remains a humble guy...

    Rob York Written by Rob York about 5 years ago 539 reads 29 comments

  19. Nicolas Almagro: The Anti-Nadal Is 2009 RG Dark Horse

    For every professional tennis player there is an equal and an opposite player. Spaniard Nicolas Almagro, with his stocky build, clay court proficiency and the massive amounts of spin ...

    Rob York Written by Rob York about 5 years ago 771 reads 27 comments

  20. The 10 Greatest Clay Court Players of the Open Era

    No one can know how this year’s Roland Garros will turn out; what we do know is that Rafael Nadal will be going for his fifth RG title, with a win placing him only one shy of Bjorn Borg's total...

    Rob York Written by Rob York about 5 years ago 3,575 reads 32 comments

  21. Men's Tennis Power Rankings: May 18

    1. Rafael Nadal Last four tournaments played: Madrid [Finalist] 600 pts; Rome [Winner] 1000 pts; Barcelona [Winner] 500 pts; Monte Carlo [Winner] 1000 pts. Total points – 3100...

    Rob York Written by Rob York about 5 years ago 3,482 reads 25 comments

  22. Men's Tennis "Rewind" 1999: Why I Believe in Miracles

    Ahead of this year's Roland Garros, we at the Bleacher Report tennis community will be offering our "Rewind" series to commemorate the matches we remember best from the RG's illustrious history...

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  23. What If Pete Sampras Had a Two-Handed Backhand?

    Many of you may not know who I am, but the less socially inclined of your number will recognize me as Uatu the Watcher, introduced in the pages of Marvel Comics’ Fantastic Four, where I was obliged to chronicle events but never interfere with them..

    Rob York Written by Rob York about 5 years ago 1,700 reads 46 comments

  24. Creature vs. Creature: Why Bjorn Borg Is Greater than Rafael Nadal (So Far)

    For the incomparable Long John Silver’s argument in Rafael Nadal’s favor, click here Evolution of the Game If such a thing as a born clay court player exists, then both Bjorn Borg and Rafael Nadal would fit the bill...

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  25. Women's Tennis Power Rankings: April 28

    1. Victoria Azarenka (current WTA ranking: No. 8) Last four events: Miami (winner); Indian Wells (semifinalist); Cellular South, Memphis (winner); Australian Open (R16) As the women’s ...

    Rob York Written by Rob York about 5 years ago 367 reads 10 comments