Peter McNamara and the Golden Age of Doubles

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Sometimes the death of an individual is enough to signify the end of an era, and so it is with Peter McNamara and doubles tennis. McNamara, who died earlier this week, was one of the last major tennis players to grow up playing both singles and doubles, and although he achieved considerable success in singles, […] READ MORE


Federer, Nadal and Djokovic: Their Five Finest Finals

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One of the many reasons why the current Federer-Nadal-Djokovic (or “Fedalic”, for short) era is undoubtedly the greatest in the history of men’s tennis is that the members of “The Big Three” have played so many classic finals against each other, especially at the Majors. The Wimbledon 2019 Final was yet another extraordinary example of […] READ MORE


Why Federer vs Nadal Is The Greatest Sporting Rivalry Ever

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Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have been showered with so many superlatives throughout their careers that in the future their own names might become terms of praise. Do not be surprised if fans and commentators laud their successors for playing Federer or Nadal esque shots. It is more likely, though, that it will be a […] READ MORE


Can Andy Murray Revive Interest In Doubles?

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After all his injury woes, Andy Murray was warmly welcomed back at Wimbledon this week by just about everyone. The BBC (the host broadcaster) has been delighted to feature the only British man to win the Men’s Singles title in the last 80 years; British tennis fans have been thrilled to see their hero in […] READ MORE


Why Wimbledon 2019 Could Be One Of The Greatest Wimbledons Ever

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Historic Majors, particularly historic Wimbledons, are by definition easier to identify in retrospect than in advance. For example, the Wimbledons of 1980 and 2008 were both defined by classic men’s singles finals that marked a decisive shift in tennis history, with John McEnroe and Rafael Nadal respectively demonstrating their readiness to rule the tennis world. […] READ MORE


Rafael Nadal Is The Hellhound On Roger Federer’s Trail

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The greatest song of the greatest blues man, Robert Johnson, was Hellhound On My Trail, in which Johnson famously imagined being pursued by some demon or devil that just would not let him rest. It might now be time for Roger Federer to consider singing the blues, because he too has a hellhound on his […] READ MORE


For Federer, Nadal on clay still the ultimate test

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This late, great stage of Roger Federer’s career, which dates back to his remarkable rebirth as a Major-winner at the Australian Open in 2017, now faces its ultimate test. The same test that he has faced throughout his entire career and so often failed to pass: how to beat Rafael Nadal on clay. With just […] READ MORE


With McEnroe In The Realm Of Perfection (And Petulance)

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The list of great tennis films, both fictional and non-fiction, is depressingly small. Indeed, it may be the smallest for any major sport. Perhaps it is the sheer difficulty of replicating tennis on screen (it is far easier to recreate a goal, a try or a putt than a serve or especially a rally) that […] READ MORE


Paris 2019: Nole Slam II or a Golden Dozen for Nadal?

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Tennis is increasingly a numbers game. The seeming endless rise in the sheer number and range of statistics available (from rotations of the ball per second to average height of serve on the deuce side, with lots more in between) is undoubtedly a mine of information for those so inclined. But as we approach the […] READ MORE


Roger Federer In 2019: Clay Feet or Capable of Great Clay Feats?

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With the start of the French Open now just a fortnight away, the “state of clay” in the men’s game in general and that of Roger Federer in particular is absolutely fascinating. So far, it has probably been the most competitive and hence most memorable clay-court season in recent years. The defending French Open champion, […] READ MORE