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This Indian Wells final is sport at it’s best. Two of the greatest champions in sports history, fighting for every ball like it’s match point. Neither gives an inch, neither flinches, neither gets rattled, they just keep on fighting each other with their best tennis. Point after point after point.

Like a fight to the death, inspiring the best out of each other.

There is no other rivalry in sports today that matches this magic we are seeing in Indian Wells right now.

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Simona Halep, #3 in the world takes on Jelena Jankovic in the final. Halep is 3-1 career head to head vs. JJ and hasn’t lost to her since first round US Open 2010. JJ is red hot right now, coming off nice wins vs. Keys and Lisicki.

Roger Federer, continues his scorching form, dominating Raonic and Berdych on the way to the final

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Mar/15

18

Vince Spadea Is An Original

Spent a good bit of time in Beverly Hills with Vince on Monday and it’s always eye-opening and fun to hang with Vince. We had some java at the Urth Cafe on Melrose (Vince did, cappuccino, I had my green tea) and we talked and Vince in the midst of our discussion talked to the […]

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Mar/15

17

Jack Sock Has the Hunger Now

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We may be witnessing the emergence of the next American tennis titan. Jack Sock is blasting his forehand through the Indian Wells draw, bombarding Agut today for a slot in the fourth round, in his first tournament of the year.

This is by far Sock’s best result in singles. By far…

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John McEnroe shared some ideas about changing tennis as the sport evolves into the future. Mac would like to see lines people taken out of the equation, so the players could call their own lines, with Hawk-Eye system as the judge for the players.

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Mar/15

15

A Big Serve Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up To Be

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So here we are in third round matches today and a list of the Top 20 Serve Speed Tournament Leaders shows that only four of these big servers are still alive. Sam Groth hit the biggest serve at 145 mph, but he lost in the first round. Jerzy Janowicz clocked in next at 144, Harry and Sock at 141 and Izzie at 140. But of the Top 20, only Sock, Izzie, Kevin Anderson, and Nick Kyrgios are still smacking their serves.

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Ernests won his first round match today beating Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6-4, 6-1. About 30 minutes after he finished, still in his match clothes, Gulbis talked to Doug Robson of USA Today and myself about the match, his game, his coaching situation and how to beat the Top 5.

The Match with Traver:

“I was nervous the whole match. My serve saved me many times, especially in the second set, when I was a break up. I was love-40 down and I made 3 aces to come back in that game. The serve did basically 50 % of the job. The serve did 50% and then somehow I managed to break him on the return. He plays slow. His game is not fast enough. I have to adjust to his slow speed.

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Mar/15

13

The Americans Are Looking Good

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How many sunny dry pure blue skies can you take at one tennis tourney? Apparently a lot if you’re out here in Indian Wells as the good days keep on coming. I’m in the press box above the main stadium here on Sam Query is having a rather easy time with one of my favorite players on tour, Sergiy Stakhovsky. He’s up 6-2, 3-1. I just came from watching Donald Young beat Carreno-Busta and DY was showing a lot of emotion out there. His forehand is showing beautiful shape and he did something I haven’t seen done since the days of Johnny mac, taking a backhand at the baseline, chipping it down the line, racing to the net, and knifing a down the line volley for a winner. It was really nice to see.

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An interesting exchange happened during the Harrison-Fish Tennis Channel match in Indian Wells yesterday. Jim Courier commented that he believes the Hawk Eye system has clearly improved the sport, then the other announcer in the booth (don’t know his name) suggested that Hawk Eye and the elimination of arguments about controversial or mistaken line calls has taken away the element of players showing and revealing some of their personalities.

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Mar/15

12

Fish v. Harrison–Men Start Their Engines

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The weather is hot. I don’t know about this dry/wet heat. I hit this afternoon before coming out here for 30 minutes and I was sweating bullets. They’re expecting 460,000 fans out here for IW this year, up around 30,000 from last year. I’m winded just getting my press credentials, driving all the way around the complex to park in media parking and just walking up to the media center.

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