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Feb/15

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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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Feb/15

18

Fixing Isner

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Mats Wilander said “You always have to try to change your game and improve something…”

Wise words from a wise tennis man.

Here’s the full quotes Wilander said to journalist Paul Fein while talking about his former player Marat Safin in 2002 when he lost the Aussie Open to Johansson…

Mats Wilander: He (Safin) learns a lot from losing. If he wins he has the confidence of someone who wins a Grand Slam title and he’s not going to change his game. Whereas you always have to try to change your game and improve something.

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Feb/15

17

Youth Movement In Delray Beach

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It’s been 27 years since Rick Macci took on the 10-year-old Jennifer Capriati and helped her construct one of the most lethal games in women’s tennis. At only 12, Capriati won the USTA National Girls’ Junior 18’s tournament, making her the youngest player ever to win the event, a record that still stands. Five years later, Richard Williams chose Macci over Nick Bollettieri to train his daughters, Venus and Serena, and Macci, by many people’s account, took two unpolished girls and put them on the road to superstardom.

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Feb/15

16

Day One Delray Beach and Dolgopolov

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Arrive at the Delray Beach tournament for I think the seventh or eighth year in a row. Denis Kudla notches an important win over Lukas Lacko, 63 64. ATP level wins for Kudla have been few and far between. But he impressively dismissed the respected Lacko on stadium court.

Next up Alexander Dolgopolov overcame some adversity and defeated the Guillermo Canas coached Teymuraz Gabashvili 76 63. Dolgo now sports Joma attire and shoes. He’s coming off a meniscus knee injury in Australia where he had to see nine doctors in three days. He played Rio last year but opted to play the hard courts in Delray this year, his preferred surface, to regain points.

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Feb/15

16

Rick Macci Has His Next Prodigy

index It’s been 27 years since Rick Macci took on the 10-year-old Jennifer Capriati and helped her construct one of the most lethal games in women’s tennis. At only 12, Capriati won the USTA National Girls’ Junior 18’s tournament, making her the youngest player ever to win the event, a record that still stands. Five years later, Richard Williams chose Macci over Nick Bollettieri to train his daughters, Venus and Serena, and Macci, by many people’s account, took two unpolished girls and put them on the road to superstardom.

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