1. Creature vs. Creature: Del Potro's Time Has Come

    Introduction This U.S. Open has been full of upsets and ironies. The women's top seeds fell apart, two of the top three contenders for the men’s championship did not manage to make it ...

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  2. Creature vs. Creature: Serena Williams Is Unstoppable

    Many of you might have seen the movie series or read the epic book Lord of the Rings. One of the central character of the series was supposed to be the heir of one of the biggest kingdom of the Middle Earth, but went into exile for years...

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  3. US Open '09: The Perfect "Rafa" Match

    After a tough match against his compatriot Nicholas Almagro—where Rafael Nadal faced issues with his serve, movement, and a suspect abdominal injury—many speculated about the Spaniard's ...

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  4. Creature Vs Creature: Tsonga's Versatile Game Should Prevail

    If any tennis matchup can send chills down your spine—at least during pronunciation—it has to be Ali versus Gonzo! The intimidation would easily carry over to the tennis court as ...

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  5. Williams Sisters: Much More Than Just Power

    My admiration for the Williams sisters has grown over the years. Be it due to their domination over my favorite Martina Hingis, or due to my perception that Williams are all about ...

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  6. Creature Vs Creature: Venus Big Hitting Will See Her Through

    Introduction Rob York wrote an article describing the difficulties that Venus Williams will face in the later part of her career. She is one of the greatest grass court players on the women's side, and her last few years have been a testimony to that.

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  7. Melanie Oudin: The Teenage Sensation Marches Along!

    A match at Arthur Ashe stadium with a sell-out New York crowd, against a three-time Grand Slam champion, and yet another WTA heavyweight? No big deal! Melanie Oudin continues to prove ...

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  8. Creature vs. Creature: Roger Federer Is On Cruise Control

    When Lleyton Hewitt was crushing his first-round opponent Thiago Alves with a hot bagel in the opening set, I messaged Long John Silver—probably the biggest Rusty fan on Bleacher ...

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  9. Melanie Oudin: A Ray of Hope for Post-Williams Era

    It has been more than a decade since the Williams sisters first came onto the scene and started dominating the women's tour...

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  10. U.S. Open '09: Ivanovic Bundles Out Amidst Sizzling and Erratic Drama

    A major upset was lurking around on the women’s side with the kind of erratic tennis that has been on display in the last two days...

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  11. Erratic Venus Survives Opening Round Scare

    It is not for nothing that Grand Slams are called the grandest tests for a tennis player. And its also not for nothing that the greatest tennis players are judged by their performance in these tournaments...

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  12. US Open '09: Women's Draws, Previews, and Predictions

    The week before the Grand Slams is no less hectic than the two weeks that follow it. Observing the pre-Slam performances and form of the players, predictions about the possible ...

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  13. In The Zone with Marat Safin

    There are many things to like about the 'Zone' series, both in terms of execution, and education. I like the way it has progressed gradually from an unknown player in Agustin Calleri, to better ...

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  14. Montreal Masters: Rafa Blues

    The post-Wimbledon hardcourt tennis season is my favorite—even though I’ve always despised an excess of asphalt. It is also the most difficult season to follow, because the tournaments take place in opposite geographic time zones...

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  15. Rewind 1985: The Rise of Ivan Lendl and the Fall of John McEnroe

    With the US Open just three weeks away, the Tennis Domain at Bleacher Report offers you the "Rewind" series to refresh the history of this amazing tournament. Long John, Rob, JAA, Frankie, Sud, Rohini, and others will join this series...

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  16. Roger "Darth" Federer: Changing Traits

    When Roger Federer announced that he would be traveling with his big family to participate in Montreal, the news came as a bit of a surprise. The Swiss Master has continued to highlight his different personality traits over the course of his career...

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  17. Surface Tension: The Decay of Grass and the Erosion of Clay

    One of the reasons why Bjorn Borg is inducted among the greatest of all time is because he dominated—and conquered—the two surfaces which require polar opposite skill sets: the French Open on clay and Wimbledon on grass...

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  18. ATP 2009: Race Towards the World Tour Finals

    The days after Wimbledon have been lull as a tennis fan, with no big tournaments in the last three weeks. My anticipation for Indianapolis was let down by the withdrawal of Andy Roddick and hence I have not watched live tennis during this period...

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  19. Epic vs. Epic: Why the Wimbledon '09 Final Is the Preeminent Grass Court Battle

    "Beauty is a relation, and the apprehension of it a comparison." — Gerard Manley Hopkins On Sunday July 5, 2009, Roger Federer captured his record-breaking 15th Grand Slam title against ...

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  20. Creature Vs Creature: Andy Murray Prepares For The Judgment Day

    Can Roddick reach his third Wimbledon final? Long John Silver provides some answers. There was a distinct similarity in the way Robin Soderling and Andy Murray celebrated their Semifinal ...

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  21. Wimbledon '09: Yet Another Disappointment for Elena Dementieva

    I am not an avid follower of Rock music. In fact, I don’t even know the difference between hard rock, metal rock, or various other varieties of the genre. However, there is one band which I really love and follow—Linkin Park...

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  22. Wimbledon '09 QF: Of Tommy Haas and Andy Roddick, Roger Federer and Andy Murray

    The green cover at the Center Court is starting to bald up, leaving big brown patches in between—an indication that Wimbledon is heading into its final phase with the four Men’s Quarter Finals completing on Day Nine...

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  23. Wimbledon '09 Day 6: Melanie Oudin and Sabine Lisicki Steal the Show

    Wimbledon’s final day of the first week proved us something. First the good news—there is no shortage of talent and grit in the women’s side. However, the bad news—the top players in WTA badly lack consistency and variety...

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  24. Wimbledon '09: Just What the 'Doctor' Ordered

    The numerals at the Rolex meter to monitor the service speed read 123 (mph) after Ivo Karlovic sent a second serve rocketing down the T for an ace. This pretty much summed up the day for Karlovic and Jo Wilfried Tsonga...

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  25. Wimbledon Rivalries: Elegance vs. Charisma

    One of the reasons why I like Wimbledon more than other Grand Slams is its surface. Grass courts are unique, and it requires in-born talent and a fine set of skills to master them...

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