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If you continued watching Roland Garros men’s final coverage minutes after Novak Djokovic conquered Stefanos Tsitsipas in five brutal sets, you saw one of the most beautiful moments in Grand Slam history. After the handshake, victory celebration, gestures of gratitude to a stadium giving him a standing ovation, and then a roar to his box, […] Continue to read full article...

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In the beginning of 2019 Barbora Krejcikova was the reigning Wimbledon and French Open doubles champ and the Australian Open mixed doubles champion. But her singles status was ordinary. Ranked well outside the top 100 in early 2019, Krejcikova lost in the second round of AO qualies 64 in the third to Maria Bouzkova. After […] Continue to read full article...

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Jun/21

10

Is Djokovic Ready To Unleash His Crazy?

Last year’s Roland Garros final was a dud. Rafael Nadal came out grunting and snarling right from the outset of the match, playing the first points like not only championship point but as if his LIFE was at stake, while Novak Djokovic commenced the duel too calm, composed and like a boxer carefully trying to […] Continue to read full article...

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Jun/21

9

Djokovic Survives Berrettini

Novak Djokovic has advanced to the dream semifinal clash of titans with the defending champion from Spain, after a brutally stressful, hard fought 62 63 67 75 win over Matteo Berrettini. Djokovic bungled a 5-3 lead in the third set tiebreaker with some uncharacteristic errors, most likely caused by the pressure of Berrettini’s relentless blasting […] Continue to read full article...

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Jun/21

9

Sakkari Wants It The Most

I still remember the first time seeing Maria Sakkari play live. It was at US Open 2015 first round at the newly remodeled courts just outside the media center. From the beginning of her pro days, Sakkari stood out. Sakkari was locked in a fierce, emotional, fiery battle with Qiang Wang of China. It was […] Continue to read full article...

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Jun/21

8

Moment Of Truth At Roland Garros

We are at the home stretch of Roland Garros and anything is possible. Rafa Nadal looks like prime Rafa Nadal, he’s cruising through the draw and is on course for a semi showdown with Novak Djokovic, who survived a two-set deficit to Lorenzo Musetti. I am reasonably certain the tennis gods will not allow Djokovic […] Continue to read full article...

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Jun/21

6

Federer Ducked Djokovic

Roger Federer is four matches away from 21 but threw away his chances by withdrawing from Roland Garros ahead of his match vs Berrettini in Round 4. Everybody knows the real reason though – he doesn’t want to get slaughtered by his arch rival and nemesis Novak Djokovic. Even though Federer has beaten Djokovic at […] Continue to read full article...

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Tennis enthusiasts often talk about the greatest matches ever watched, but today I think I saw the worst match in my tennis viewing life. Danielle Collins rolled over today for Serena Williams, losing 64 64. Collins is at her very best when she competes at full emotional intensity, as she did in her first and […] Continue to read full article...

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Jun/21

3

Media vs Player Controntations

In almost three decades of being a part of the professional tennis media, I can only think of a few reporter/player confrontations. Another reporter/colleague told me that Pancho Gonzales had to be restrained by his brother from attacking a reporter after an offensive question at Wimbledon. He didn’t specify the question but the story is […] Continue to read full article...

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May/21

30

Roland Garros Begins

Kei Nishikori survived a five setter vs. Italian Alessandro Giannessi 64 67 63 46 64. Former world no. 4 Nishikori is now a stunning 25-7 in five set matches, the best in the ATP. Next on the best five set match list stands Tommy Robredo, who lost in qualies, at 17-5. Novak Djokovic is 33-10, […] Continue to read full article...

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