1. Novak Djokovic: The Spirit Of 2007 Returns

    2007 was a year of promise for Novak Djokovic, who was laying the groundwork for a very successful tennis career. He won in Miami, reached the semis of both Roland Garros and Wimbledon, then won in Canada and made the U...

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  2. Andre Agassi, Rafael Nadal: Masters of the Masters Series

    At his best, nobody outhit Andre Agassi from the baseline; certainly not on a hard, fast surface, and only a few could on clay...

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  3. Slideshow: The 'Greatest' Question in Tennis

    Do you believe in GOAT? It's a question tennis only have to wrestle with whenever there's a player on the verge of shattering the game's oldest records. However, it now seems to be a question we have to deal with "only" once a generation...

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  4. Novak Djokovic and The Ghost of One Slam Wonders Present

    Novak Djokovic enters his dimly lit Monte Carlo hotel room at night after a day-long practice session. Exhausted, he begins removing his training suit, when out of the shadows comes a voice. Voice: Nooooooovaaaaak …...

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  5. The Band Plays On: Lleyton Hewitt Stays Relevant With Admirable Resolve

    Pete Sampras was kind of like the Beatles: After a long career at the summit of his profession, he chose to go out on top rather than slide into mediocrity...

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  6. Slideshow: The Heirs to Stefan Edberg's Throne

    I subscribe to several YouTube channels which cover tennis: Jsnap2 features Pete Sampras highlights, neibaf3 primarily involves past Roland Garros exploits, and LleytonHewittTV, which speaks for itself...

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  7. Novak Djokovic: Andy Murray Stands in the Way

    In 2007 the time was right for Novak Djokovic: Roger Federer was still No. 1, but becoming ever so slightly less dominant. Rafael Nadal was still unparalleled on clay but struggling to win regularly on asphalt...

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  8. Men's Tennis Power Rankings: April 7

    1. Rafael Nadal—Last four events: Miami (quarterfinalist); Indian Wells (winner); Rotterdam (runner-up); Australian Open (winner)His quarterfinal loss in Key Biscayne—in ...

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  9. Why John Isner Embodies American Tennis

    It took John Isner to make me realize how much tennis has changed in the last six or seven years. During his run to the final of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington in 2007, the 6’ ...

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  10. Can Rafael Nadal Complete the Grand Slam?

    No male tennis player has won the calendar-year Grand Slam in 41 years. No singles player of either gender has done so in 21 years. We’ve been close: In 2006-2007, Roger Federer twice came within one match of doing so, but was denied...

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  11. If They Were Tennis Players, Part 5: Michael Jordan

    Today tennis is being played at a standard of athleticism and fitness never seen before. There is, however, always room for growth, and other sports may show the way. This is the last in a five-part series examining such possibilities...

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  12. If They Were Tennis Players, Pt. 4: Walter Payton

    Today tennis is being played at a standard of athleticism and fitness never seen before. There is, however, always room for growth, and other sports may show the way. This is the fourth in a five-part series examining such possibilities...

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  13. If They Were Tennis Players, Part 3: Gabrielle Reece

    Today tennis is being played at a standard of athleticism and fitness never seen before. There is, however, always room for growth, and other sports may show the way. This is the third in a five-part series examining such possibilities...

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  14. If They Were Tennis Players, Pt. 2: Lance Armstrong

    Today, tennis is being played at a standard of athleticism and fitness never seen before. There is, however, always room for growth, and other sports may show the way. This is the second in a five-part series examining such possibilities...

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  15. If They Were Tennis Players, Pt. 1: Usain Bolt

    Today tennis is being played at a standard of athleticism and fitness never seen before. There is, however, always room for growth, and other sports may show the way. This is the first in a five-part series examining such possibilities...

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  16. What Davis Cup Round One Means For...

    The United States: How many times in the past five years has the U.S. DC squad gone into day two slightly on edge because James Blake couldn’t rise to the task at hand? Fortunately ...

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  17. Hewitt, Hingis, Henin Missed: Change One Thing, Part IV

    Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed the Change One Thing exercise as much as I have. Now it’s time for our final installment...

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  18. Does Rafael Nadal Need English Lessons? Change One Thing, Part III

    Of all the things I wrote about in my own Change One Thing piece, my idea about Rafael Nadal improving his marketing by speaking better English seemed to provoke the greatest amount of response...

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  19. Fans Cheer Federer, Miss Borg: Change One Thing, Part II

    And to think I was, at one point, actually concerned about not getting enough submissions for the Change One Thing idea. All told, there were 10 emails and the length of your responses exceeded 2,500 words...

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  20. Andy Roddick: A Man Out Of Time?

    Many Americans look back at the 1990's with nostalgia. Our economy was booming. We weren’t at war. Our president was still a deeply flawed man, but his flaws were the source of great comedy...

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  21. If I Could Change One Thing...

    I consider it a sign of maturity that you can like someone an awful lot and not like everything about them. With that in mind, I welcome you to Change One Thing, a feature in which we imagine the one thing we wish our favorite players would do differently

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  22. Is Rafael Nadal the Bane or the Best?: A Study of Unlikely Tennis Rivalries

    bane    /beɪn/ –noun 1. a person or thing that ruins or spoils: Gambling was the bane of his existence. -- Dictionary.com The character Bane, introduced to readers of DC Comics in 1993, will never be as famous as his foe, Batman...

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  23. Voodoo Ahead of Davis Cup Tie?

    In a locker room in Birmingham, Ala., the United States Davis Cup team—Andy Roddick, James Blake, Sam Querrey, Mardy Fish and the Bryan Brothers—sit together, pensively waiting, wondering why they’ve been called together...

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  24. Forehands, Forehands on the Court: Who Has the Biggest in the Sport?

    Igor Andreev, thanks to the explosively heavy topspin he generates through his forehand, gave eventual champion Roger Federer his toughest match at the U.S. Open in 2008, pushing the great Swiss to five sets in the fourth round...

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  25. Missing Consistency: Justine Henin's Vacancy Still Felt

    Sicilians call it “the thunderbolt:” When a man is struck by a sudden affection for a woman. For me, the thunderbolt struck during the 2003 U.S...

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