1. ### Mechanics V Mechanics : The Proactive Sampras and The Reactive Federer

Marianne and I are collaborating on analyzing Sampras' and Federer's games to spot the similarities and the differences. I have analyzed the differences, but please check her article to read about the similarities...

2. ### The Interpretation of Tennis: Rafael Nadal's Ruthless Self-Test

The colosseum is daubed in red. The atmosphere flamboyant. It is time for the battle to begin. The two opponents take position on either side. One of them, the more muscular one, attempts to pulls a lever at his side of the battlefield...

3. ### Pete Sampras: The Ace, The Slam Dunk, and The Running Forehand

What the Mind Cooks Up There are moments in life of great inspiration, positive or negative, when one feels an unstoppable surge of energy...

4. ### Rafael Nadal On the Defensive

Whether a player plays defense or attack is a question of belief. Pete Sampras believed in his serve to such an extend that he attempted breaking only once per set at all. He knew that his hold-game was unshakable...

5. ### The Interpretation of Tennis: Pete Sampras' Athletic Expressionism

It is sometimes sort of a debate, an argument, tennis is. Just like passionate arguers who try to find weaknesses in the other’s points, players constantly probe the other’s game for loopholes...

6. ### Tennis : A Beautiful Game, The Perfect Mix

At night, when I am outdoors and I look up, I see a black sky, studded with stars, and crowned by a beaming white full moon contrasting starkly with the background, whose radiance is partly interrupted by wisps of black clouds...

7. ### The Interpretation of Tennis: Roger Federer's Art

The tennis court has an area of roughly 195 square metres, with the net splitting the court in half. The rules, along with the lines on and restricting the court, and the net, constrain the ...

8. ### Physics, Metaphysics, or Tennis...or Random?

So complex, yet so simple. No, things don't work this way... It is a guess. Yes, it always is. There is a conviction that makes one believe it is not a guess work, but a rational, a priori solution, ...

9. ### Near Misses : The Hingis Meltdown, Part 1

The rules are always the same. The mechanics are always the same. But it never gets boring, even after watching for over a lifetime...

10. ### Tennis: Winning Is Not the Thing

LJS and I are collaborating on this one. To read his side of the debate, please click here "Corner cases always reveal a trend" "Winning" is not what it seems to be A match is won if the score-line predicated by its rules is reached...

11. ### In The Zone With Pete Sampras, Part One

There is no easy way for me to do this. This is the one one man in tennis that I feel truly emotional about. And as much as I would truly like to do something "special" for him, I am paranoid ...

12. ### Tennis: A Game of Conveyor Belts and Calibrations

It is sure that you have encountered a situation before where you need to utilize certain "resources" to obtain certain "results" using certain "strategies". Yeah, the usual HR stuff. In some sense, resources are more basic than strategies...

13. ### Roger Federer: When the Will Gives Up for a Moment

A guess, nothing more... He remembered the moments he had done the impossible. He remembered the battles he had won during the war he lost. He remembered his hands and feet getting tied when he needed them the most...

14. ### Creature vs Creature: The Turning Point For Juan Martin Del Potro

This is the first in a set of four articles that analyze two rivalries that have come under the scanner following the recent results on the ATP Tour. This one takes Juan Martin Del Potro's side in his rivalry with Rafael Nadal...

15. ### Mechanics vs Mechanics: Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal, Man and Machine

The way a player goes about playing tennis is in effect, an "interpretation" of it. Yes, the game is as simple as "win points, games, and sets, and you will win the match," but when the question pops up, "how?" the answers are quite varied...

16. ### A Murderous Attempt Indeed

Thoughts are ever so difficult to control The control he had over his body seemed gone. His athleticism seemed reduced to clumsiness. The granularity of control over the incremental body movements was not fine enough...

17. ### Rise of The Star, Yuki Bhambri: The Nuts and Bolts Are in Place

Yuki Bhambri, aged 17, is currently the No. 1-ranked player in the junior circuit. He is the reigning Australian Open Junior Champion. This is the first in the two-article series on analyzing the game and future prospects of this young talent...

18. ### Davis Cup: Spain Is the Overwhelming Favourite in the Semifinals

At the behest of the Cap, a few of us came together and decided to write a preview of the Davis Cup Semifinals. Rajat gets a bit too analytical here about the Czech Republic. Clarabella's article from the perspective of Croatia is here...

19. ### A Nadal Fan's Perspective : Rafael Nadal Goes Down Fighting

I wrote a CvC today on Rafael Nadal's chances against Del Potro. I saw the match, saw Rafa being taken apart methodically and cruelly. I saw myself being made to look stupid in front of all of you guys...

20. ### Creature vs. Creature: Rafael Nadal Is Getting Back to Form

It is the second Sunday in New York, but we are not talking about the finals here, though I don't think anyone in their right mind could fault the draw if we had this match set up for the finals...

21. ### Rise of the Machine: Rafael Nadal's Back to Being a Fighter at U.S. Open

There is the fight. Then there are the skills. One is a matter of commitment, a matter of consistency and a matter of definition of oneself. The other is a matter of pleasure, a matter of art and a matter of superiority...

22. ### Creature Vs. Creature: Only Lleyton Hewitt's Best Will Do

He is from the old batch—the batch that had Roger Federer in it. But Federer has since graduated and moved far ahead of that pack. He used to be the World No. 1, the U.S. Open Champion, and the Wimbledon Champion...

23. ### Probability, The Hand of God

In the beginning was the mind and the mind was God Uncertainty is the reason. Yes uncertainty is what proves God exists. Yes by definition, it does. The mind tries to find reasons...