Mar/15

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Davis Cup Weekend

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Isner up two sets but Ward has bounced back to level it, now into the fifth set. Ward hung tough after critical let cord in second set tiebreak which fell USA’s way but had it not Ward would have been up 5-2 instead it was 4-3. Ward lost four points in a row to lose the second set.

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Mar/15

6

Isner-Ward Match Key For US Davis Cup Victory

10422074_934634776548692_9028433410728218268_nIt’s deep into the fourth set with Izzie up 2 sets to 1. Izzie is playing confusing tennis so far in the fourth set where I’ve picked up the match. It almost looks like he’s trying to grind Ward down on his return games. Instead of stepping up and cracking returns, and trying to end points early, he’s playing like he’s David Ferrer, just looping back returns. There’s no way Izzie can break playing such tentative tennis.

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Marcelo Rios, who lost the ’98 Australian Open final to Petr Korda 26 26 26, is requesting an investigation into whether Korda committed a doping violation which possibly influenced the outcome of their match.

Chilean tennis officials are backing the request by Rios, who would like the ITF (International Tennis Federation) to investigate Korda, who tested positive for a banned steroid later in ’98 at Wimbledon. Korda was not penalized for the positive doping test until after he retired from pro tennis in mid ’99.

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The finals today was at 7:45 am and the boy Callum was playing had beat the No. 1 seed in the quarters. But Callum just overpowered him and out-maneuvered him and the boy got very demoralized.

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Feb/15

28

Federer Masterclasses Djokovic in Dubai

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Today Roger Federer showed he can still summon a magical level of tennis and dominate the best player in the world.

Roger Federer was absolutely breathtaking today as he impressively mastered Djokovic in every aspect of the game. The final score was 63 75. Federer now leads the head to head twenty to seventeen. Also today, Federer hit his 9,000th career ATP ace.

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Feb/15

28

Acapulco Report From Henk Abbink

KEI NISHIKORI AND FAVID FERRER CONTINUE ON COLLISION COURSE…

By Henk Abbink

Japan’s top seed Kei Nishikori and no. 2 seed David Ferrer will meet in today’s final at the ATP 500 Abierto Mexicano de Tenis in Acapulco.
Ferrer was ‘one bridge too far’ for Ryan Harrison in last night’s semi-final. It will be the Spaniard’s 5th Acapulco final after beating qualifier and tournament surprise Harrison 4-6, 6-0, 6-0.

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Feb/15

23

Gulbis, Dubai & The Rise of Harry

Ernests_Gulbis_02Yes, Ernie dropped No. 5 in a row losing today to Istomin in Dubai. What is happening to Ernie? He said he’s got no feel for his shots and he’s playing worse in practice now than he is in matches. Ernie hasn’t won a match in 2015 after winning 41 in 2014. He should be in the prime of his career. He’s 26. He broke into the Top 10 last year. Tennis is a funny sport.

How about Djoko saying he thinks Dubai should be a Masters Event. But I turn on the tube today watching Gasquet-Seppi and there’s like 50 people in the stands. I’ve got a feeling when I get out to Indy Wells in a couple of weeks for the first day there’s going to be like 10,000 people there if not much more.

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Feb/15

23

Tennis in my new Muhammad Ali book

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Yes, tennis did factor into my new book about Muhammad Ali: Portrait Of A Champion.

No, The Greatest did not play tennis or associate much with the tennis world. In fact, the only time I ever saw Ali connected to tennis in any way was a photo of him together with Bjorn Borg in the late 70s, which was the height of each of their popularity.

Ali had an influence on several figures from the tennis world. Jimmy Connors told me in his Biofile about how he loved Ali and would drive …

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Feb/15

20

Talkin Tennis with DY in Delray

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I asked Donald Young some questions after his Delray Beach Open win vs. Alejandro Gonzalez in the mixed zone:

Question: Donald, some of our readers love your game but they think you are too careful with your return game, playing it safe always. Your comment?

DY: “Last week I played doubles and I was hitting quite well. But today (yesterday) it’s tough to hit out (very windy) and I just didn’t want to make stupid mistakes. But it’s definitely something I’m working on

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I watched the first set of Karlovic vs. Kokkinakis at the Delray Beach Open presented by the Venetian Las Vegas, won by Dr. Ivo in a tiebreak. Every point was basically the same, if it was not an ace or service winner, each player hit two or three shots, then either a winner or error. No point went more than five or six shots. It was a good set but I knew the second set would be the same.

So after the set I left the stadium to stretch my legs and who is on the practice court – the one and only Leander Paes.

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