Nov/12

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Did Monfils Expose Gasquet’s Achilles Heel?


Two years ago at the U.S. Open Gael Monfils defeated Richard Gasquet and gave an unusually blunt critique of his countryman’s competitive shortcomings.

Question: Last time you spoke you said you felt Richard was a stronger player than you were and that you were most likely going to face difficulty today. What kind of mentality did you go into the match with?

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Nov/14

21

What The…Federer?

Down 2 sets to love against Monfils, this doesn’t look like a repeat of their US Open match where Federer recovered from dropping the first two sets to win in 5. They just played a sick point on a Monfils’ break point at 2-all in the 3rd set where Fed won the point by hitting […]

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Nov/14

17

Fedrinka vs France

The complex relations of Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka may be the key determining factor to anoutcome of either ecstasy or agony for Switzerland when it clashes with France for the Davis Cup final in France. You have to wonder how Wawrinka feels right now towards his big brother Federer who really didn’t need to […]

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Nov/14

17

Andre, Callum & Signing With IMG at 14

It all started when I heard Andre Agassi’s dad, Mike, hung a mobile over the head of his six-months-old son with balloons attached to it. The story goes that as the mobile circled over infant Andre’s head, Andre would swat at the balloons and so was born his legendary eye-hand coordination. Roughly 13 years later […]

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Nov/14

3

ATP World Tour Finals London

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The ATP World Tour Finals will be hosted for the sixth year at the 02 Arena in London.

Here are the two round-robin groups

Group A: Novak Djokovic, Tomas Berdych, Marin Cilic, Stanilas Wawrinka.

Group B: Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Kei Nishikori, Milos Raonic.

Alternates: David Ferrer, Feliciano Lopez.

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The New York City Marathon is one of the most grueling, physically demanding sporting events in the world. On Sunday over 50,000 runners will take on the formidable challenge of 26.2 miles of running the streets of New York City against so many other competitors and of course the unpredictable weather, which can be brutally cold and windy. And, although it’s rare, runners have even died trying to finish the race.

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Oct/14

26

Diary of USTA Tourney Adventures Part One

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It’s the end of the season, we’re chasing USTA points for our ranking. I need to win one tournament and gain the hundred-twenty five points to maintain my top five spot from a year ago. So I enter Spring Valley, which is the last local tournament without having to travel to Brooklyn or the Bronx.

There’s only one other player signed up, my old nemesis, a tall lefty pusher who crowds the net. I’ve beaten him three straight times, straight sets but each match has been a battle where he had his chances and I came up with the passing shots and saved break points. It’s always a challenge to beat this guy “John” who has beaten me in the past in tournaments.

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Oct/14

20

Basel, Valencia and Singapore

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Nadal and Federer could meet in Basel.

Isner, Kozlov are in Valencia.

Serena will try to lockdown the WTA number one ranking in Singapore.

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Oct/14

17

Where Are They Now: Wayne Ferreira

By Steve Pratt Taking in the excitement and fun at the 2014 USTA Junior Team Tennis National Championships was USTA Northern California section’s coach, Wayne Ferreira, smiling and relaxed in a hooded sweatshirt and sunglasses. Tennis fans from a generation ago should recognize the name: a two-time Grand Slam semifinalist, Ferreira saw his share of […]

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Oct/14

16

My Biofile Interview with Nikolay Davydenko

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We did this Biofile in 2005 at US Open when Davydenko had just entered the ATP top five. What a great player Daveydenko was, so machine like, technically perfect and smooth too. He just always seemed to run into Federer deep in the majors. Four times Davydenko reached a Grand Slam semifinal (2 US, 2 FO). Davydenko’s pinnacle came in 2009 when he won the World Tour Finals in London (def. Del Potro) but he also had some spectacularly impressive wins over Nadal, he even leads the head to head with Rafa 6-5. Overall, the Ukrainian born Russian won twenty one ATP singles titles…

Childhood Heroes: “Maybe movie heroes. Batman, Superman I guess [smiles]. (Tennis?) I don’t know. Who was good before? Ivan Lendl. Yannick Noah.”

Early Tennis Memory: “My memory was starting after the Futures, my first qualifying of ATP Tour in Amsterdam and I make semis (2000). I lost to Sluiter in semis.”

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Oct/14

15

Flyers Jacub Voracek Can’t Get Enough Of Federer

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For a Biofile interview, I asked the Philadelphia Flyers right wing who his favorite athlete to watch is and he replied instantly, “Federer. I know just about everything about him.” He added that he travels to watch him play, attending the US Open semifinals and finals for the last five years. He enjoys the action so much at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center that he plans to continue to visit Flushing Meadows more times in the future.

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