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10502219_10203757763132098_8034592618999961426_nI was going through some of my old emails and I came across some of the entries to “Break Point” that I wrote with Vince Spadea back in 2005, and here is one Vince wrote after losing to Ivan Ljubicic at Miami Masters event. This was the year Luby had knocked out both Agassi and Roddick in Davis Cup leading Croatia to the Cup title. Vince had beaten Luby in the past, but in this match, even though he had a chance to have a double-break in the third and decisive set with a chance to serve for the match, Vince lost. And here he gives a host of reasons why he came up short.

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Jul/14

12

Dr. Ivo Gives Groth The Heave-Ho

unnamedDr. Ivo can be a nice guy. I saw him walking the streets of Newport last night and I said cheerily to him, “Good luck, tomorrow,” and he said “Thank you,” in a nice way. But on the court, Dr. Ivo just looks and appears menacing. In his previous match against Dudi Sela, he let a ball the ball girl tossed him go right by him without even trying to flag it and today he just knocked back a ball at a ball boy because he wasn’t ready for it. The kid didn’t seem to understand so he didn’t lob another ball right back at Dr. Ivo, and Dr. Ivo just gave him one of his menacing glares.

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Jun/14

30

I Hate You, Rory McIlroy

10401513_10152665365327228_7197145518123298340_nAlright, I’ve got to get this off my chest. I can’t watch poor Caroline Wozniaki and her long embattled dad, Piotr, go through poor Caroline losing another match to another no-name player. This is on your head, Rory McIlroy. If you hadn’t called Caroline telling her the wedding was off just because she wouldn’t sign a little pre-nup, none of this would be happening and Caroline would be blissfully marching through such players like B.Zahlavova Strycova.

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This would be the day I’d choose. Not the finals or the first day, but today. There are so many compelling matches on the docket.

There’s the conclusion of Jerzy Boy up a set against Baby Huey. I mean what more could you want? The last bastion of combative behavior on the tour embodied by the last die-hard Aussie (I can barely recognize the old order of the Aussies in the new guises of Tomic and Kyrgios) and the brooding towering Pole, the winner will take his edge and ‘tude into the second week.

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Jun/14

24

Nishikori-De Schepper Highlights Day 2

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Yesterday, there were some very interesting matches, particularly the Tsonga/Melzer match with Tsonga coming back from 2 sets to 1 to hold a 5-4 lead in the fifth set. But Bagdhatis/Brown, Dimitrov/Harrison, Young/Becker and Luke Saville/D. Thiem were all compelling matchups as well as the Kirilenko/Stephens, Vandeweghe/Mugurza.

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May/14

10

Why Gulbis Can’t Win Big

Apr/14

19

Holy Fed!

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After breaking Djokovic at 5-all in the first set, Fed has cruised, up 5-1 and two breaks in the second set in the semis of the Monte Carlo Open. What has happened as Fed pushes his advantage over Djoko to 18-16 in their compelling rivalry. Fed has beaten Djoko in Dubai this year, embarrassed the world No. 2 in the first set at IW only to lose in a 3rd set breaker. And now he’s doing the unthinkable, beating the Serb on clay in MC where Djoko is the defending champion.

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Jeff Salzenstein out of Denver, Colorado (the only Coloradoran I believe to make an impact on the tour and get a full ride to Stanford) was one of my favorite players to watch play. He played hard, smashmouth, energized and passionate tennis, often with a strut to his stride and a dashing smile on his face. He was a lefty with a huge serve and big topspin forehand built out of the physical brand of tennis of past American lefties like Roscoe Tanner and Tim Wilkison, Dr. Dirt. Salzy’s play had some dirt to it as did his 17-year career on the tour (1992-2008) where he only won 16 overall matches, 1 slam and 2 Masters matches.

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Mar/14

4

World Tennis Night

>IMG_1316IMG_1325It’s kind of a hokey idea to have in the middle of the tennis season, a World Tennis Day/Night, but the Garden was pretty much packed for it. Now many of those seats were distributed to business contacts of BNP Paribas, the bank that sponsors the event in New York, London and Hong Kong. For me, though, it’s a thrill to get up so close–because for much of the three matches, I was sitting front row behind the

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Feb/14

28

Boris Becker What Hath You Done?

1471180_680836385273835_1295798337_nAlright, when the Joker lost to Wawrinka in the quarters of the Australian Open, I got a little suspicious. I mean Djoker hadn’t lost to the Swiss Mr. 2 since 2006. a tidy 14 matches in a row. But after the Djoker got creamed 6-2 in the final set of the Dubai semis against Roger Federer, now I am downright angry. What hath Boris Becker done to the Joker?

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