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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

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

15

Delray Beach ATP Begins

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This has always been one of the highlight events of the season for Tennis-prose.com. Outside perhaps of the US Open and Newport, we have covered this event more than any other tournament on the schedule.

It’s a classic smaller event located in the alluring town of Delray Beach, just a few steps from the main street area and no more than a seven minute walk from the Atlantic Ocean.

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Feb/15

7

Biofile: Victor Estrella Burgos Interview

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Status: ATP #53.

Age: 34 Born In: Dominican Republic

First Tennis Memory: I play regional tournament in Santo Domingo. I remember in the final I beat the #1 seed who at this moment was ten years old I was nine. I won 63 36 63. This was my first tournament.

Tennis Inspirations: My dream and inspiration was to be in the top 100. Now I try to get better and better every day with the ranking and be in better tournaments.

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Feb/15

6

Vaidisova Comeback Continues

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Former World No. 7 Nicole Vaidisova returned to professional tennis at the end of last year. The former Reebok endorsed star has been successful and now has a ranking of #594.

Vaidisova qualified at the Midland Michigan ITF event and has rolled through two rounds, beating Japan’s Hibino in 76 75 and then #5 seed Anna Tatashvili 16 64 63.

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