Monday, May 10, 2021

Steve Tignor

Rafa or Roger? Nick or Sascha? Garbiñe or the field? Previewing a very open...

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As the final major of 2017 approaches, the biggest story isn’t about who is playing well. It’s simply about who is, and isn’t, playing. Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka, Victoria Azarenka, Kei Nishikori—all US Open champions or finalists in recent years—will...

What Novak Djokovic can learn from Rafael Nadal’s latest comeback

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It was the most highly anticipated quarterfinal of the French Open. During the first set, the match lived up to expectations, as the two players traded momentum, and a service break or two, back and forth. But when that...

Do we really need to destroy Davis Cup to save it? On the ITF’s...

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To say that opinions have varied over the ITF’s latest proposal to revamp—or destroy, depending on your point of view—Davis Cup would be a gross understatement. One camp of players has looked on the changes as nothing less than a...

Can Karolina Pliskova break the curse of the Slamless No. 1?

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This year’s Wimbledon was, as always, an entertaining event. Unfortunately, our final memories from the fortnight were anti-climactic. In the women’s title match, Venus Williams ran out of gas in the second set and lost it at love; in...

Is Roger Federer really the Favorite? Plus 4 other essential questions about this year’s...

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Once upon a time, grass was the odd surface out. Ivan Lendl said it was for cows, and Lindsay Davenport claimed that everyone was just winging it when they got to Wimbledon in the summer. By the start of...

Why Roger Federer’s surge at 35 is good news for fans of Rafael Nadal,...

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The first quarter of 2017 has been a bittersweet one for Rafael Nadal. He has had his best sustained run on hard courts since 2013. He reached the finals of the Australian Open and the Miami Open for the first...

Five Story Lines to Help You Make Sense of this Year’s Australian Open

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So far this year, when we’ve said “ready or not, the Australian Open is here,” the emphasis has been on the “not.” Serena Williams, Andy Murray, and Kei Nishikori all thought about declaring themselves ready, before finally deciding against it....

At the French Open, the men look to the past while the women search...

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As the players gather in Paris, the ATP and WTA tours appear set to move in opposite directions. While the men will be led by a familiar face from the recent past, the women will look for someone new...

Contact Point

Zverev Wins Second Madrid Open Title Over Berrettini

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Mutua Madrid Open—Madrid, Spain No. 5 seed Alexander Zverev completed a stellar week of tennis at the Madrid Open on Sunday, dismissing No. 8 seed...