1. 2010 French Open: The Best Is Yet to Come...

    In case you have not been paying close attention, the French Open is under way at Stade Roland Garros in Paris...

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  2. Frenchwoman Aravane Rezai Tops Tennis Power Rankings: Paris Awaits

    The ladies prepare to do battle on the red clay of Stade Roland Garros as the 2010 French Open begins on Sunday. Questions abound concerning which players are fit to play—fully recovered from injuries, mentally and physically...

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  3. Tennis Superstars of Tomorrow on Display at 2010 French Open

    It has to be the dream of a lifetime if you are 12 years old and in love with the game of tennis, playing against other top-ranked juniors from around the world on the renowned red clay of Stade Roland Garros in Paris during the upcoming French Open...

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  4. The Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal Rivalry: 21 and Counting

    Sampras vs. Agassi? Becker vs. Edberg? Lendl vs. Wilander? No, it is Federer vs. Nadal. Never has a sports rivalry meant so much since Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova battled for supremacy in the late 1970s and early 1980s...

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  5. RIP Metrodome: The Twins Need to Even the Score with the Yankees

    Remember last October when the Yankees swept the Twins in the American League Playoffs? This was after the Twins had clawed their way back to win the Central Division crown while the league-leading Tigers swooned...

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  6. Roger Federer & Rafael Nadal Lead Tennis Superheros into Paris

    At the end of this European clay court season, we stare headlong into the promise of another blockbuster slam––the French Open 2010...

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  7. Miloslav Mecir: Tennis' Best of the Second-Bests

    You have to admit that there is a huge difference between sultry singing in the shower and performing live at the Met to a packed house filled with critics. This has implications beyond being able to carry a tune...

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  8. ATP Men's Tennis Power Rankings: Rafael Nadal Locked and Loaded Again

    As everyone predicted heading into the 2010 clay-court season, it was to be the Year of the Majorcan. So far, it has been almost exclusively Nadal's reign. Bowing out of Barcelona, Nadal’s crown did not move far from its anointed perch...

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  9. Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray: Still Looking for Number One

    Remember when everyone was debating “when” Andy Murray or Novak Djokovic would surpass Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal to become the No. 1 player in the world? Strange that of late, no one seems to be revisiting that topic...

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  10. Clay King Rafael Nadal Dominates as Modern Spanish Armada Seizes Rome

    European clay has imposed its “stop action” properties on all the world’s top tennis players, except those from Spain...

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  11. When in Rome: Roger Federer vs. Rafael Nadal 2006 Rome Masters Final

    All roads lead to Rome. So the saying goes. But none of them are easy or even navigable in the final analysis...

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  12. Chris Evert Heads the Class: Women's Tennis' Top French Open Finalists

    How do you measure the greatness of an athlete within their respective sport? What factors determine the degree of greatness over a period of time, be it years or decades? Further, ...

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  13. Monte Carlo Smackdown: Rafael Nadal Negates Fernando Verdasco

    For most people, the final on Sunday in Monte Carlo would have been as dry and unappetizing as Zwieback toast because, let’s face it, Fernando Verdasco was not up to the task ...

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  14. From Andre Agassi to Bjorn Borg: The Top 10 French Open Finalists

    What is it about the red clay at Stade Roland Garros that lifts some players to great heights while stopping others dead in their tracks? Is it a lack of patience or mental acumen ...

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  15. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on Clay: A Reversal of Tennis Fortunes

    The 2009 season did not begin well for the man from Switzerland, Roger Federer. He made headlines after the Australian Open, but not because he won—because he cried a river after his loss...

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  16. Roger Federer to Nikolay Davydenko: Measuring the Depth on Clay

    How do you measure the worth of a man—or, more specifically, the relative strength of a professional tennis player? You do it by looking at their ranking points. It is simple enough...

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  17. Martina Navratilova vs. Chris Evert: The Greatest Rivalry in Women's Tennis

    As half of one of the greatest sports rivalries of all time, Chris Evert is probably the “half” less appreciated today. Her battles with Martina Navratilova grew to legendary status as they met so often in the final of majors...

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  18. Moving On from the Miami Finals: Are the Top Four Developing Feet of Clay?

    What can you say about the semifinal match Friday in Miami between Rafael Nadal and Andy Roddick except that it emphasized the anomaly of the top four players in the world not winning ...

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  19. Jelena Jankovic Enjoying Catbird Seat Atop Women's Tennis Power Rankings

    The action is hot and heavy this week in Miami. It marks the end of the traditional hard court season in America before the world turns to clay in April...

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  20. Miami Masters 2004 Rewind: Birthplace of the Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal Rivalry

    The root of the rivalry between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer began in Miami when the Spaniard was a teenager with a huge reserve of self-belief...

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  21. WTA Sony Ericsson Open: Will the Top Seeds Survive the Heat in Miami?

    Action gets under way this week in Miami for the ladies at the Sony Ericsson Open. The absences of Serena Williams, world No. 1, and Dinara Safina, currently ranked No...

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  22. Sony Ericsson Open: ATP Top Seeds Promise To Bring On Miami Heat

    How many of you picked Ivan Ljubicic to win at Indian Wells? Jelena Jankovic? Northern Iowa to upset Kansas in the NCAA basketball tournament? Just as I thought...

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  23. Roger Federer vs. Marcos Baghdatis: You Don't Tug on Superman's Cape...

    You don't tug on Superman's cape, You don't spit into the wind, You don't pull the mask off an ol' Lone Ranger, And you don't mess around with [Fed]... — Jim Croce (paraphased) All right...

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  24. Welcome to Upset City for the Top-Tiered in Women's Tennis: Indian Wells

    Justine Henin goes down in straight sets in her second-round match! Top-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova loses her opening salvo! Feisty Chinese player Jie Zheng clobbers favored Maria Sharapova! ...

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  25. Venus and Serena Williams: Boycotting Indian Wells 9 Years and Counting

    At the Indian Wells Masters Series Tennis Tournament in 2001, Venus Williams pulled out of a semifinal match against her sister, Serena Williams, just four minutes before the match was scheduled to start...

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