Roger Kaplan

Roger Kaplan, a Washington-based writer, covers the Middle East and Africa (and tennis) for The American Spectator.

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Swiss Over Serb at U.S. Open

 

Stan Wawrinka, perennial Swiss number two behind Roger Federer, won the third grand slam tournament of his career and his first at the U.S. Open, taking three straight sets last night after dropping the first in a tie breaker. He beat defending champ Novak Djokovic, top seed, world number one. And he beat him the […]

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Serena Czechs Out, Murray Blows It

 

You expect upsets at big tournaments, but how often do you get two of the biggest possible upsets two days in a row? Heavily favored Serena Williams got knocked out of the U.S. Open in a semifinal match by a tall young player who had got past the early rounds at a major. Playing the […]

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Surprises at U.S. Open Quarterfinals

 

Novak Djokovic won his first round match at the U.S. Open with a four-set match against Jerzy Janowicz, a tall (six-eight), brash, hot-tempered, big-server from Lodz, 25 years old. The top seed and world No. 1 showed good form and the injuries and “personal issues” of the summer used to explain the summer’s failure — […]

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Musketeers Take New York

 

Rafael Nadal, former world number one and two-time winner at the U.S. Open, fairly cruised into the fourth round at the U.S. Open. Seeded fourth, the mighty Majorcan appeared to have fully recovered from the injuries that forced him to pull out of his favorite major, the French Open, in June. He won Olympic gold […]

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Harrison Upsets Raonic at Flushing Meadows — Is American Tennis Back?

 

The new Grandstand stadium at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, home of the U.S. Open, was again the scene of an emotional American story Wednesday, as underdog Ryan Harrison defeated Milos Raonic in a three-hour display of grit and talent. After the sensational match between John Isner and Frances Tiafoe on opening day […]

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The Old and the New at Flushing Meadows

 

With American men’s tennis still in the wilderness — our last Slam winner was Andy Roddick at the 2003 U.S. Open — it seems fitting that the 136th edition of the great tournament, the last of the year’s majors, is the scene of clashes between old and new. Such clashes are signs of renewal. At […]

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Old Men With Big Serves

 

There was a moment at the final of the Washington Open when I thought the spectators should be reprimanded for biggism. If the six-eleven guy hit long or out of bounds, they cheered. If he netted, they cheered. If he hit a spectacular return of serve, quick as a whip across the court and unreachable, […]

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Southern Gentlemen

 

Nashville’s Brian Baker went down with class and honor yesterday at the Washington Open tournament, a clutch return of serve giving the match to Ivo Karlovic of Zagreb in a tie break and dashing the American’s hopes to take the match to a third set. Earlier on the same Grandstand 2 court at the Rock […]

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Footwork in the Blistering Heat

 

It never pays to complain about the weather, but we complain anyway. In competitive sports, if you do not like the conditions, you can quit, or you can tell yourself the other fellow has to deal with the same ones and get on with it. This is the traditional attitude at the Washington Open, which […]

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Doubles Thriller at CitiOpen

 

Fifteen minutes into the match, with the score 5-0, you might be forgiven for thinking that at least you would not be sitting on a bleacher on a 90-degree day without any shade in sight for much longer. It was about two-thirty in the afternoon. There was no breeze. But there was fight in the […]

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