Archive for April 2012

Apr/12

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Biofile with Milos Raonic


Status: ATP tennis pro. Winner of three ATP singles titles. Member of Canada’s Davis Cup team.

Ht: 6-5 Wt: 185

Age: 21

Birthplace: Montenegro

Residence: Ontario, Canada

First Tennis Memory: “A lot of time with the ball machine. I think that’s how I started out, mostly. That’s where I started to get my level up. And my dad (Dusan) was there picking up the balls and I’d be just standing and hitting tennis balls non-stop .”

Tennis Inspirations: “Pete Sampras, by far the biggest one. Spent many hours watching his matches. Not just once – twice, three, four times. And sort of he was the inspiration who taught me to work so hard on the serve.”

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Apr/12

29

Brian Baker Is My Hero


Some of you may know the name Brian Baker. A top American junior, #2 in the world, lost in finals of junior Roland Garros to Wawrinka. Beat #9 seed Gaudio at the U.S. Open, took a set off Moya on Armstrong. Has lifetime wins over Monfils, Djokovic, Murray.

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Apr/12

28

Barcelona and more


Nadal is just a machine on clay, but eventually the stunning loss to an outsider will come. Wonder who it will be?

Milos Raonic could be that man this week, but Raonic has to get by Ferrer today.

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Apr/12

27

Recent Marcelo Rios Book Interview…

What inspired you to put this book together?

Marcelo Rios was one of the most inspiring and talented players I ever saw play the sport. He had a stylish, colorful way of playing that many tennis figures admired and appreciated, people like Roger Federer, Mats Wilander, Luke Jensen, Brad Gilbert, among many others, respected Rios and the way he played, when at his best. Rios was also controversial because he was different and had a rebellious atttitude. Rios should not be forgotten, he was an important player in tennis history. One worthy of some kind of book or tribute.

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Chasing The GOAT: Roger, Rafa, Nole & The 2012 Golden Slam Year
By Dan Markowitz

The King Falters As the Dark Prince Ascends

Roger Federer stepped up to the baseline to serve at match point against his great rival, Rafael Nadal, in the semifinals of the Masters Series event in Indian Wells, CA. Unbelievably, Federer had not beaten Nadal on a hard outdoor court since 2005. It was now March 2012 and as Federer lined up to serve on the ad court, he thought he’d hit the ball down the middle at the T. In mid-toss, though, he suddenly had a change of mind and decided to serve out wide. The ball scorched down on the singles sideline inside the server’s box and Nadal, flat-footed and fooled, could not even make a move to return it. Federer went with his impulse and he was rewarded with an ace and the match.

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Apr/12

22

Grateful Nadal Accepts Gift From Djokovic


I thought Rafael Nadal played a superb match, it was a typical Nadal clay court beatdown, he seldom missed, ran down everything and even served more unreturnables than usual. He made the #1 player in the world look ordinary.

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Apr/12

20

Blake Edges Kudla in Sarasota


Long day with two rain delays at the Sarasota Open. The featured 6:30 evening match between defending champ James Blake and young American Dennis Kudla gets pushed back until 8:30, after the green machine Paulo Lorenzi defeated Jan Hernych 76 63 (Lorenzi was wearing iguana green shorts and shirt).

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Apr/12

20

Musings From Monte Carlo

Yes, I’m lying here on the beach right now–rocky as it is. (What’s with the French Riviera beaches? Why are they so rocky…and–gosh–why are the women walking around topless? Isn’t there a law against this kind of shocking thing in France? These women would be in the slammer in the good ole US of A.) No, no, no, no, no, even I can’t pull off this ruse. I am actually in Norwalk, Ct. this morning. But a good friend from the ITF is supposedly going to get me tickets for the French Open so I’m looking forward to possibly going to Roland Garros for the second time next month.

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Apr/12

19

Monaco’s Ecstacy And Then…Agony


By Amanda H. LeMay

During the Monte Carlo Masters event this week, many fans were witness to the gut-wrenching ankle injury suffered by Juan (Pico) Monaco in his first round match against Robin Haase. Having just won his second clay event of the year in Houston and matching his all time career high of #14, he seemed on the verge of cracking the top ten for the first time. The injury, officially torn ligaments in his right ankle, will keep him out of the game for a month and thus leave very little preparation time for the French Open.

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Apr/12

19

Monte Carlo Heating Up Now


Djokovic and Dolgopolov will rematch their first meeting which took place on Armstrong Stadium at the US Open 2011, where they broke the record for longest tiebreak in US Open history. Djokovic edged it and then dominated the second and third sets but I detected a trace of respect from Djokovic toward the Ukrainian after, when he seemed to undercredit his adversary’s game instead complaining about the windy conditions. It seemed Djokovic wanted to minimize giving Dolgopolov credit because he viewed him as a future threat.

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