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Visual Depiction of Big Four (+2) Dominance

Visual Depiction of Big Four (+2) Dominance

Click here to discuss this with fellow tennis fans in our discussion forum. Note: I received a couple requests to post this to the blog – which I’ve neglected thus far – so I thought I’d take the opportunity to ...

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Why Was Sampras More Prone to Upset Than Current Greats?

Why Was Sampras More Prone to Upset Than Current Greats?

It seems to me that the current greats – namely Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic – aren’t being upset in early rounds as often as greats in the past were. Most great players during their very prime seem to make it ...

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Djokovic: 2011-13…signs of concern?

Djokovic: 2011-13…signs of concern?

OK, I’m exaggerating but it got your attention! That said, while I don’t think anyone expected Novak to ever have a year like 2011 again (few players have), it seems that he’s even a step behind 2012, at least to ...

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Peak Performance Analysis

Peak Performance Analysis

The project started as a way to try to figure out what ages do players have their best year(s) in. I fiddled with a rating system that would be relatively comprehensive but also simple enough not to take an enormous ...

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Young Guns, Players to watch in 2013

Young Guns, Players to watch in 2013

Below are ten players age 24 or younger that could be risers in the rankings and bear watching. They are ordered by current official ATP ranking (as of March 4th), and thus before Indian Wells. I’m also including their birth ...

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When Can We Expect A New Elite Player?

When Can We Expect A New Elite Player?

Let me define “elite player” as someone who is both a contender to win Grand Slam events and perennially in the top 5 – so right now there are only the Big Four (Djokovic, Murray, Federer, Nadal). There are a ...

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