Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Ben Stevens

2017 Q1 Review: Winners and Losers from Melbourne to Miami

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A lot can happen in three months on the ATP and WTA tours, and the first quarter of 2017 was certainly no exception. Legends were reborn, young stars were forged, and Fabio Fognini even won a few hard-court matches....

Borrowed Time: Why the Fed-naissance isn’t All Good for Tennis

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If there’s one takeaway from the first three months of tennis in 2017, it’s that at 35, Roger Federer is again the world’s best player. If there’s a second, it’s that the world’s best player is thirty-freaking-five – as...

2017 BNP Paribas Open: Eight Burning Questions for Indian Wells

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by: Ben Stevens If there’s one bad thing about Grand Slam tennis, it’s that it invariably leaves you wanting more. And while we can only get the real deal four times a year, thankfully there’s some almost-as-good-ness in the coming...

Growing Pains: Alexander Zverev is Getting Closer, but He’s Not There Yet

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by: Ben Stevens It's been an interesting few weeks for Sascha Zverev. Two weeks ago, the 19-year-old German secured his second career title in Montpellier, scoring wins over Jo-Wilfriend Tsonga and Richard Gasquet en route. Days later, he fell in the...

Why Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are Real-Life Superheroes

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by: Ben Stevens The word “dumbfounded” is not something you usually use with a positive connotation. Usually, it’s for something we can’t believe for the worst reasons, like when Mark Philippoussis was given his own dating show, or Dominic Thiem...

Australian Open 2017 Day 14 Preview: Federer vs Nadal

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by: Ben Stevens History. Made. Ever since bursting onto the scene as a 17-year-old by winning the 1999 US Open, Serena Williams has carried with her an air of inevitability. She was LeBron James before there was a LeBron James, possessing...

Australian Open 2017 Day 13 Preview: Serena vs Venus

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by: Ben Stevens Some matches live up to expectations. Some matches exceed them. A select few obliterate them. That was one of those matches. It may not have been as long as his epics with Fernando Verdasco and Novak Djokovic, but...

Australian Open 2017 Day 12 Preview: Nadal vs. Dimitrov

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by: Ben Stevens Rest assured, if you’re feeling déjà vu after yesterday, you’re not alone. Serena, Venus and Roger in a final isn’t something you’d expect to be writing in 2017. All through their semis – some easier than others, but...

Australian Open 2017 Day 11 Preview: Women’s Semifinals and Wawrinka vs. Federer

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by: Ben Stevens Who says tennis is just a game? It’s certainly not for Mirjana Lucic-Baroni. Nearly eighteen years since her last major semifinal the 34-year-old fought her way past Karolina Pliskova to once again reach a final four, in the...

Australian Open 2017 Day 10 Preview: Serena, Nadal, Raonic and Dimitrov

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by: Ben Stevens One of the great things about tennis is it is truly representative of all corners of the globe. The sport crosses boundaries of culture, language and geography like few others – and yet, if Tuesday showed us...

Contact Point

Badosa, Norrie Wins BNP Paribas Open Titles

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BNP Paribas Open—Indian Wells, California Paula Badosa won the biggest title of her young career on Sunday in Indian Wells, California, defeating two-time former champion...