The Future Elites of Men’s Tennis

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What separates the very best from the rest?  Something unique, something special? Something which you can eyeball or put a finger on. Pete Sampras had his serve and lithe movement, Andre Agassi with his hawk-like eyesight and return, Marat Safin could blast the ball equally hard from both the forehand and backhand wing, Marcelo Rios […] READ MORE


The best ATP players without a singles title

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Winning a title is a significant goal for all professional tennis players. It is, though, a feat which has alluded a number of established current and former ATP singles players. Former world #25 Julien Benneteau, who retired in 2018, is perhaps the most notable case. The Frenchman failed to win any of the 10 tour-level […] READ MORE


Even Without Fans, O2 Arena Bows Out with a Bang

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It is rare for there to be a swan song without an audience, but that is exactly what is happening this week at London’s O2 Arena (or simply “the O2,” as it is usually called). As coronavirus restrictions continue to prevent tennis fans from seeing any live action, the final edition of the ATP Finals […] READ MORE


Can Rafael Nadal Overcome His Indoor Record at the ATP Finals?

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With the 2020 ATP Finals underway, many Rafael Nadal fans will have their fingers tightly crossed. They are hoping this is the year he picks up his first title at the year-ending championship. Considered the most important tournament besides the Grand Slams, the ATP Finals is also the biggest title to elude Nadal. The main […] READ MORE


Does Stan Wawrinka have another Slam in him?

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Stan Wawrinka is on the comeback trail. The 35-year-old Swiss #2 has had a fair share of injuries. Most recently back in 2017. In the semifinal of Roland Garros that year, Wawrinka was facing the runner up from the previous year, Andy Murray. The Brit and Swiss pushed each other hard for five sets, with […] READ MORE


The Robin Soderling Saga: Opportunities Created…but Not Converted

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Roger Federer will always remain indebted to Robin Soderling. The Swede helped the legendary Swiss add the final piece to his Grand Slam puzzle. The 2009 edition of the French Open happened to be Federer’s 11th attempt at the title. The Swiss, then 28, already had an impressive haul of 13 Grand Slam titles in […] READ MORE


Roger Federer Breezes Past Marin Cilic For 8th Wimbledon Title

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From LastWordOnTennis Roger Federer is now 35 years old, and not only is he setting and breaking his own records on the tour, he is still establishing personal bests. In fact, his record-breaking eighth Wimbledon title was also, at least in terms of sets lost, his best. Federer came into this tournament having won a […] READ MORE



“Fedal” To Take Centre Stage Once Again In Miami

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From LastWordOnTennis, by Sam Barker. When Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal stood at opposing baselines on the Rod Laver Arena back in January there was a sense that this was the final encore of one of tennis’ greatest rivalries. How wrong we all were. Instead of a brief encore, 2017 seems to have unveiled a whole new act for the “Fedal” […] READ MORE


Does Rankings Fall Signal The End Of The Federer-Nadal Rivalry?

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From LastWordOnTennis, by Martin Keady. Thirteen was certainly the unlucky number for Federer and Nadal this week, as the new world rankings found them both outside the world’s top four for the first time in thirteen years. At that time, Federer had won Wimbledon for the first time and Nadal was just a 16-year-old (albeit a […] READ MORE