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  1. Rafael Nadal Tests Positive for Kryptonite

    The Association of Tennis Professionals today confirmed that No. 1-ranked Rafael Nadal has tested positive for kryptonite...

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  2. What the Australian Open Means For...

    Rafael Nadal What you accomplished this weekend was simply extraordinary. You defeated Fernando Verdasco in the longest match in AO history...

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  3. Creature Vs. Creature: It's Federer's Time

    For the argument in Rafael Nadal’s favor, check out L.J. Silver’s piece. Roger Federer: Without Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer would probably have won Roland Garros as many as four times, not to mention captured a sixth Wimbledon...

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  4. Aussie Open: Day 13 Preview

    Night Session Serena Williams (USA) [2] vs. Dinara Safina (RUS) [3] For fans of women’s tennis, watching an in-form Serena Williams is like viewing one’s favorite film ...

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  5. Verdasco: Its Spanish for 'Tsonga'

    The most unique aspect of the Australian Open is not its DecoTurf surface or even its oppressive heat. What really sets the AO apart from tennis’ other major events is its place on the calendar...

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  6. Fedpocalypse Now: Roger Federer a Human Gauntlet at Aussie Open

    For tennis writers everywhere, this should be the most intriguing of times, at least in the men’s game. The men’s top 10 features Spaniards who resemble bullfighters, Serbs who act like comedians, and Frenchmen who look like Muhammad Ali...

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  7. Aussie Open: Day Nine Preview

    Day Session Vera Zvonareva (RUS) [7] vs. Marion Bartoli (FRA) [16] Bartoli, she of the two-handed forehand and backhand, has developed something of a knack for knocking out top-seeded players in majors...

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  8. Can Rafael Nadal Win in Australia?

    There is no question that Rafael Nadal looks good so far at the Australian Open. The better query would be: Does it matter? On Saturday night in Melbourne, Nadal’s statistics against Tommy ...

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  9. Marat Safin's Greatest Rival

    This is the story of a rivalry. It probably began in September 2000, when a young Russian tennis player oozing with athletic ability fought his way to the end of the U.S. Open...

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  10. Australian Open Day Three Preview: 12 Matches Not To Be Missed

    Second round play is underway for both men and women’s players at Wednesday at the Australian Open. The competitors on Day 3 may be hard pressed to match the fireworks provided ...

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  11. Tennis: Talkin' 'Bout This Generation

    With the Australian Open approaching, the first Grand Slam event of the last year of this decade is upon us. At a time like this, a tennis fan might wonder how this generation of male players will be remembered...

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  12. The People's Slam: Australian Emotions 1993-2008

    The Australian Open lacks Wimbledon's tradition, the U.S. Open's market venue, and the novelty of Roland Garros clay, but it has carved its own niche in the last 15 years: The People's Slam...

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  13. What Does Doha Mean for...

    Andy Murray? Several weeks ago, I picked Murray to take the Australian Open title for his first slam. I have a feeling that I’m no longer in the minority in expecting that (if I ever was)...

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  14. Dear Gonzo: Be More Boring!

    Dear Gonzo,Can I call you Gonzo? I know it’s only your nickname, but no nickname has ever seemed so fitting. Have you enjoyed your off-season? I know it was short, but I think there was plenty of time to reflect on your career...

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  15. Too Many Nice Guys?

    There is something about modern Western culture that demands that stories have both a hero and villain. This contrasts with, say, The Iliad or Hayao Miyazaki’s films, where the ...

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  16. Sampras-Safin 2000: The Paradigm Shift

    By the summer of 2000, Pete Sampras seemed a sure bet in the finals of a Grand Slam. Not only was he the newly-minted record holder for Grand Slam titles with 13, but he’d won all but two of the major finals he’d contested...

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  17. Men's Tennis "Rewind": Pete Sampras' First Trip to the Zone

    One has to play competitive sports to understand what it feels like to be in The Zone. On Bad Days, an athlete feels sluggish and/or under-confident, and thus has to concentrate either ...

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  18. Tennis: Achievement Is Overrated

    Ted Robinson: Welcome to the finals of the first ever Tennis Underachievers Open, which gives players of all eras a chance to do a little more, since they haven’t done enough already...

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  19. Federer: First Among Equals

    The years 2004-2007 will be remembered in years to come as The Reign of Fed. In each of those years, Roger Federer won at least two, but usually three majors and was an uncontested No...

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  20. Tennis During Troubled Times

    Mired in a slump of more than one year, Pete Sampras finally started to come alive at the 2001 U.S. Open. He mowed down three consecutive former Open champions (Patrick Rafter, Andre ...

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  21. Andy Roddick, Jim Courier: Great While They Lasted

    Some time in the near future at an International Tennis Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Newport, RI, Jim Courier steps up to the microphone to speak...

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  22. Tennis' Tech-Free Five

    Were I allowed to travel through history and manipulate it according to my whim, I’d prevent the assassination of John Lennon, thus preserving hope of a Beatles reunion...

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  23. ATP "Relieved" By Nikolay Davydenko Loss

    Officials at the Association of Tennis Professionals today expressed relief that talented young Serb Novak Djokovic won the ATP Master’s Cup in Shanghai, rather than fifth-ranked Nikolay Davydenko...

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  24. Tennis Player of The Year: Rafael Nadal

    What does Rafael Nadal do better than Roger Federer? There must be something, considering that Nadal has won 12 of their 18 meetings. Yet, when you match their strengths against one another, it’s still not an easy question to answer...

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  25. Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal: We Need a Break

    Roger Federer enters the locker room of the Paribas Master’s Series event on Friday, limping slightly due to the bad back that caused him to withdraw before his match with James Blake...

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