Apr/14

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Davis Cup Weekend

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It’s Davis Cup quarterfinal weekend.

Italy vs. Great Britain in Naples. After court condition delays, Fognini handled Ward and Murray vs. Seppi was postponed with Murray up.

Germany traveled to Nancy, France and Kamke upset Benneteau. Gojowczyk is battling Tsonga.

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Apr/14

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The Biofile: Dominic Thiem Interview

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Status: ATP #79.

Age: 20

From: Austria

Tennis Inspiration: I have many players. I didn’t have one big idol. I really enjoyed watching tennis and liked very many players of the last decade. (Name three?) Federer. Ferrero. And Roddick.

First Tennis Memory: My parents are both tennis coaches and also played for themselves, so they took me always to the court. That’s my first memory, nothing special.

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Apr/14

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Meet the tennis media: Ben Rothenberg

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One of the young guns in the American tennis media is Washington DC-based New York Times contributing writer Ben Rothenberg, who almost got to play with Treat Huey back in the day, caught the eye of Maria Sharapova, and even had a flash “Federer moment” on the court during a high school match…

First memory of tennis: The first one that pops in my head… I remember walking down the stairs, my dad was watching TV and it was Martina Navratilova on.

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On the second point of the match, Rafa Nadal already began his trademark grunting. Novak Djokovic’s first grunt came on the second point of the fourth game.

Clearly, both players felt an extreme urgency to establish early control of the court and match.

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Mar/14

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Super Serena Is Sensational Again At Sony Open

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Serena Williams has captured her seventh Sony Open title with a straight set 75 6l win vs. the overmatched Li Na.

Serena has won on Key Biscayne so many times that when asked at the post match press conference if she remembers her first title here, she became confused and asked, “was it Venus?” Actually it was Capriati. The little anecdote showed how “in the moment” Serena is now about her career, it’s all about the present, not the past.

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Mar/14

27

Sony Open Stars of the day… Farah and Cabal

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Serena once again dominated Maria, after a slow start, for the fifteenth win in a row against her arch rival.

Bill Tilden once said, “I never lose to someone I hate.”

It seems Serena has a bit of that mentality when she plays Maria. There is the sense while watching her focus and quiet intensity that Serena will just never allow herself to lose to Maria. She even scales back her grunting and roaring, as if to tell Maria and the audience that Maria is not even worthy of evoking her A level, even her B game is enough to get the job done.

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Mar/14

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Hingis Electrifies At The Sony

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I see Cliff Drysdale arrives to the Crandon Park complex at l0:40 am.

First match on is doubles and Martina Hingis showed today there’s plenty of magic left in her Yonex. Her and Sabine Lisicki started off wobbly and were down a set and a break but Medina Garrigues and Shvedova could not finish the job. They had a match point and Medina missed by just centimeters an open court forehand at 53 deuce.

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Mar/14

25

Sony Open Photo Quiz

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First person who can correctly identify this tennis player wins a signed copy of “Facing Federer: Symposium of a Champion.”

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Mar/14

25

Interesting Quotes at Sony Open

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Here are some of the more interesting quotes that caught my eye during the first week press conferences at the Sony Open…

Andy Murray: “Players don’t tend to discuss their injury problems or whatever is going on with each other. Because I could play him (Delpo) next week.”

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