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Slam Results – Consistency and Era

Slam Results – Consistency and Era

I have often been struck by how amazingly consistent some of the contemporary great players are, and how it seems they are far more consistent in terms of Slam results than in past eras. I wanted to see if my ...

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Rafael Nadal – From Peak to Plateau

Rafael Nadal – From Peak to Plateau

All good things come to an end. It is the inevitable tragedy of life, although of course it also allows for greater appreciation of the moments we do have. And so it is with tennis greats, whether the current twilight ...

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The Big Four by Winning Percentage

The Big Four by Winning Percentage

I was looking at Wikipedia pages for a variety of players and was surprised to notice that Roger’s win percentage this year is the same as 2012, which supports the notion that he’s really resurged well. Certainly he’s only played ...

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The Curious Case of Grigor Dimitrov: Is “Baby Federer” (Finally) Growing Up?

The Curious Case of Grigor Dimitrov: Is “Baby Federer” (Finally) Growing Up?

I can’t help but cheer for Grigor Dimitrov. Maybe it is his fluid grace that is reminiscent of a certain great Swiss player (in style, although not potency). Maybe it is his blasé demeanor which is often interpreted as not ...

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Don’t Mess With The Milos

Don’t Mess With The Milos

Milos Raonic’s defeat of Tomas Berdych in the Thailand Open got me thinking about the young Canadian and the way perceptions of him have changed over the course of 2013. Milos was (almost) the darling of the tennis world last ...

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Nadal the Great, Part 1: Rafa’s Window of Opportunity

Nadal the Great, Part 1: Rafa’s Window of Opportunity

[This is the first of two thematically-linked articles focusing on Rafael Nadal and his quest for greatness; the second article will be out in a day or two.] Rafael Nadal turned 27 years old a few months ago, about a ...

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The Ebb and Flow of Talent in the ATP Era

The Ebb and Flow of Talent in the ATP Era

Photo provided by rainycat (Creative Commons license) When looking at the different periods of tennis history, the late 1970s to early 1980s is often considered the “Golden Era,” highlighted by what must be the greatest rivalry in tennis history: Bjorn ...

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American Men’s Tennis and the Cycle of Ages

American Men’s Tennis and the Cycle of Ages

Photo by Neon Tommy (Creative Commons License) Consider the following as an addendum, or second part, to the previous blog in which I looked at the decline of American men’s tennis. In this entry we’ll look at the big historical ...

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Houston, We Have A Problem: The State of American Men’s Tennis

Houston, We Have A Problem: The State of American Men’s Tennis

Preamble Mardy Fish retiring from the US Open got me thinking about the state of American men’s tennis. Here is a current list of the American men in the top 100, with their age in parentheses: #14 John Isner (28) ...

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Career Snapshot: Tommy Robredo

Career Snapshot: Tommy Robredo

This will be the first in a series of glimpses of the careers of various players, anyone from the complete obscure to the greatest players of all time. There will likely be no rhyme or reason to the players I ...

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