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My name is Jesse Pentecost.

I play tennis, I like tennis, I write about tennis. I live in Melbourne, Australia, which helps.

Direction and Magnitude

Direction and Magnitude

World Tour Finals, Final (2) Djokovic d. (1) Nadal, 6-3, 6-4 Novak Djokovic tonight defeated Rafael Nadal in the final of the World Tour Finals, an unlovely sentence to commemorate a forgettable match. It was the third time in the ...

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Small Miracles

Small Miracles

Paris Masters, Quarterfinals It is rare at any level for the top eight seeds to populate the quarterfinal stage of a tournament, a result that was guaranteed the moment Rafael Nadal defeated Jerzy Janowicz in the last of the Paris ...

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Nature’s Eternal Wonder

Nature’s Eternal Wonder

Basel, Final (1) Del Potro d. (3) Federer, 7-6(3), 2-6, 6-4 Roger Federer this afternoon enjoyed the unusual sensation of entering Basel’s St. Jakobshalle as the underdog, although perhaps “enjoyed” isn’t the word. In truth he probably enjoyed it about ...

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Living in a Blue World

Living in a Blue World

Stockholm, Final (7) Dimitrov d. (1) Ferrer, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 It is consistent with the ATP’s belated commitment to greater coherence that the European indoor season, which began this week in Moscow, Vienna, and Stockholm, now wastes so little time ...

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Tracking All Those Streaks

Tracking All Those Streaks

Shanghai Masters, Final (1) Djokovic d. (6) del Potro, 6-1, 3-6, 7-6(3) Novak Djokovic this evening won his second straight Shanghai title, and fifteenth Masters title overall. It was also his twentieth consecutive victory in China. He was of course ...

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The Blue Shift

The Blue Shift

Beijing, Final (1) Djokovic d. (2) Nadal, 6-3, 6-4 Until yesterday, the only hard-court tournaments that Rafael Nadal hadn’t won this year were ones he didn’t enter. It doesn’t take much to mar a perfect record – just one loss ...

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The Drums of War

The Drums of War

Davis Cup, World Group Semifinals, and World Group Playoffs Which maniac’s idea was it to schedule the Davis Cup semifinals for the week after the US Open? Even in the best years the turnaround is cruelly brief. It is a ...

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Indefatigable

Indefatigable

US Open, Final (2) Nadal d. (1) Djokovic, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 Rafael Nadal yesterday defeated Novak Djokovic to win his second US Open title, continuing a return to the men’s tour that has surpassed the most ardent hopes of ...

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All Manner of Absurdity

All Manner of Absurdity

US Open, Quarterfinals Recap The US Open, an entity which I contend boasts not only impish sentience but an eye for proportion, thoughtfully balanced a pair of men’s quarterfinals that more or less lived down to expectations with two others ...

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Those Lethal Cocktails

Those Lethal Cocktails

US Open, Fourth Round Recap A brief survey of the men’s quarterfinalists for this year’s US Open is revealing. For starters all eight men are Europeans, of whom three, naturally, are Spanish. Unsurprisingly, one of them is Swiss. Three of these ...

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