1. French Open Day 8: Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic Storming Toward the Quarters

    The 2011 French Open began with 256 hopefuls in men’s and women’s singles. Each and every tennis pro believed they had a shot to make to the quarterfinals and the start of Week 2...

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  2. French Open 2011: Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer Lead the Charge into Round 4

    Besides being almost obliterated in swirls of red dust, Day 5 at the French Open presented many shocking moments as well as number of close calls. The women’s No...

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  3. Roger Federer: 5 Improvements He Needs to Make to Reach the French Open Final

    Like yesterday’s sexy burgundy beret, now out of fashion––but still a favorite you cannot set aside––Federer fans cling to their tennis star...

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  4. French Open 2011: Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic Lead the Action in Day 4

    Day 4 dawns in Paris and the combatants are waging battle on the red dirt covering the courts at Stade Roland Garros. All players exert maximum effort in order to reach the next plateau—Round 3...

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  5. French Open 2011: Top Matches of Day 4 Including Federer, Djokovic and Del Potro

    As the sun rises on Day 4 in Paris, some scheduled matchups point to scintillating tennis. While pundits promise some blowouts, others predict potential surprises as part of the day’s action...

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  6. Deuces Wild: Nadal, Murray, Sharapova and Others Underway on Day 3

    Today promises to be an exciting day as top players Rafael Nadal , Andy Murray , Maria Sharapova , Kim Clijsters and Robin Soderling take the court. As first-round action continues, interest will be focused on these top players...

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  7. French Open 2011: The 10 Best Players Never to Win at Stade Roland Garros

    Regarded by many players as the most difficult grand slam to win, the first French Open was held in 1891. But it was not until 1925 that the tournament moved to the grounds of Stade Roland Garros...

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  8. French Open 2011: Clijsters, Del Potro Lead the Way in the “Long Shot” Pool

    French Open crowds are famous for championing the underdog. In 1983, for example, they propelled Frenchman Yannick Noah to victory over defending champion Mats Wilander...

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  9. 2011 French Open: Maria Sharapova Is New No. 1 in Women's Top 10 Ranking

    As the 2011 French Open gets underway next week, the women’s field remains wide open. There is no clear cut favorite for the title...

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  10. 2011 French Open Preview: Who's Hot? Who's Not? Nadal, Djokovic, Federer and Murray?

    The French Open gets underway on May 22, 2011, and the top four in men’s tennis will all be vying for the championship trophy on the grounds of Stade Roland Garros. Each man feels he has the right recipe for success on the red clay...

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  11. Federer vs. Nadal: One of a Dozen Dazzling Moments in French Open History

    What tennis matches contested since the beginning of the modern era have given us the most memorable moments in French Open history? “Memorable,” of course, has different ...

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  12. French Open: Who's the More Dominating Champion, Bjorn Borg or Rafael Nadal?

    Who will be accorded the title of the greater French Open champion––Bjorn Borg or Rafael Nadal ? Before you go rushing off to grasp your well-oiled pens, think about the question for a moment...

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  13. 2011 French Open Preview Starts in Rome: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal in Action

    As we head into the 2011 French Open, the men’s battle for the No. 1 spot in the ATP rankings rages on in Rome. No one except Swiss Roger Federer and Majorcan Rafael Nadal has owned the No...

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  14. Blast from the Past: The Borg-McEnroe Rivaly in "High Strung" by Stephen Tignor

    Those of us who lived through the final hours of the Borg vs. McEnroe tennis rivalry in the early 1980s continue to embellish the mystique surrounding those epic matches relying upon imperfect memory and wish fulfillment...

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  15. The 15 Greatest French Open Champions of the Open Era

    Thoughts now turn to the red clay of Stade Roland Garros––the next Grand Slam championship on the calendar. The French Open begins on May 22 following the Masters 1000 tournaments in Madrid and Rome...

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  16. French Open 2011: 10 Bold Predictions for the Players Favored at Roland Garros

    Last season, the 2010 French Open marked the culmination of a player sweeping the major titles of the entire clay-court season––the final act of the Tao of Nadal...

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  17. Roger Federer: Comparing Him to the Top 10 Men's Tennis Players Ever

    In over a century of judging the hits and misses of men’s professional tennis, tournament rules have come and gone. Styles of play rose and fell with the passage of time...

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  18. Iowa Football 2011: How Can New QB James Vandenberg Deliver a Winning Season?

    There is no tenure when you play football for the University of Iowa or any other major college football program. You get no free ride based on longevity...

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  19. Rafael Nadal: 5 Solid Reasons He Should Win the 2011 French Open

    There are not many who would dispute the fact that Rafael Nadal is the greatest ever to play tennis on the red dirt...at least so far...

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  20. Iowa Football Schedule 2011: Do Hawkeyes Have a Shot at the Legends' Division?

    The Iowa Hawkeyes are members of the Legends Division. This was designated by the newly aligned Big Ten Conference...

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  21. Tennis Legend Ivan Lendl: Could He Stop Andy Murray's Free Fall?

    These days Andy Murray walks onto the tennis court a defeated man, ready to receive the next dose of humiliation...

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  22. Iowa Football: Ranking the Depth Chart of the Hawkeyes' 20 Best Players

    Once Iowa opened the window to welcome in 2011 spring practice on March 23, they quietly closed the door on 2010, which, in the final analysis, was a monumental disappointment. Early season practice will conclude on April 16 with the 2011 Spring Game..

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  23. Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal: Who Will Win the Ratings Game?

    We all aspire to be No. 1 in something. For most it means attaining an enviable status like being the best-looking or the richest. In sports, however, it is being the best there is—like winning the World Series or the Super Bowl...

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  24. Andre Agassi to Andy Roddick: A Decade of the Best Hits at the Sony Ericsson Open

    The blueprint for the Sony Ericsson Open existed long before the tournament materialized as part of the tennis landscape in the United States––more specifically in Miami...

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  25. Rafael Nadal, World's No. 1, Will Be King of the Mountain for How Much Longer?

    Men’s tennis hierarchy is ruled by a complex system of ranking points. This is why players are relentless on court, fighting for the maximum number of points available in each tournament...

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