The strategy of Rafa and Nole

At this moment, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have met each other more times than any Open-era male rivalry (no one can compare to the Evert-Navratilova rivalry which had around 80 matches).  Rafa leads the rivalry 22-15 meaning they've played 37 times.  Indeed, they met 6 times in 2011 and 7 times in 2009. Over

How Andy Murray won Wimbledon

There are different ways to win a match.  Some fans like offense.  Back when Steffi Graf was dominant, she sometimes had to play Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario.  Graf brought a new level of power to the women's game.  She was fast, had a big serve for the day, and the biggest forehand in the women's game (at

Can Roger Federer win another Slam?

Sometime in 2011, during Djokovic's historic win streak and his ascendancy to number 1, many tennis pundits felt Federer would never get back to number 1, would never win another Slam, or if he did, it would be a one-off.  Federer was edging to 30.  Federer kept saying that it was ridiculous to talk about

What does Jason Collins say about tennis?

On Monday, Jason Collins came out as an active NBA player who is gay.  Now, this proclamation is somewhat borderline.  It's not like Collins is a star player, and while he is technically on a team, he's a free agent and will need to be signed.  And, unlike, say Jackie Robinson, who played with actively

The Evolution of the Andy Murray Game

Sometimes, when we see players, we think of their game as fully formed.  If you watch years of Jimmy Connors, his game doesn't seem that much different, though maybe he did things at 39 he didn't do at 29. But a player's game is always a work in progress, from technical changes to strategic changes. 

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