by | Jun 10, 2019

Serving at 0-30 and down 0-40, the young challenger hits two aces and a perfect forehand winner on the next serve-plus-one to even the score. He goes on to hold; then the rout begins. In less time than it takes…

by | Jan 15, 2019

Roger Federer holds his first serve against Milos Raonic, who held his own first game rather more handily. It is the second set of the Stuttgart Open final, the surface is grass. The top player of the century is back…

by | Aug 6, 2018

Andrey Rublev, who looks rather like a handsome ruthless Soviet commissar preparing the assassination of a Spanish anarchist in Barcelona, c. 1937, as described in a novel by Alan Furst, stares across the net as a hawk would a sparrow….

by | Aug 2, 2018

Andy Murray stayed calm. Despite a spectacular display of talent, Mackenzie McDonald was unable to fluster three-time Grand Slam winner Andy Murray, who rallied from a set down to prevail in the wee hours and advance to the second round…

by | Jun 18, 2018

Roger Federer holds his first serve against Milos Raonic, who held his own first game rather more handily. It is the second set of the Stuttgart Open final, the surface is grass. The top player of the century is back…

by | Mar 19, 2018

You can’t ask for much better than Del Potro vs. Federer, two of contemporary tennis’s best known faces, in the men’s final, and Osaka vs Kasatkina in the ladies’. The desert tennis paradise of Indian Wells owned by Oracle’s Larry…

by | Jan 29, 2018

Playing in his first Grand Slam tournament, 26-year old Tennys Sandgren put an American name in the last-but-two brackets in the men’s draw at the Australian Open last week, capping a remarkable run that included victories over fifth-seeded Dominic Thiem…

by | Nov 6, 2017

Jack Sock holds at love with a blazin’ ace to take the second game of the first set in less than a minute. Sock, who looks exactly like the all-American varsity athlete he is, is favored to win the Paris-Bercy…

by | Sep 27, 2017

Roger Federer faced match point in what is called “super” or “champions” tie-break: first to ten rather than the seven points needed to close a set. It has been used mainly in ATP doubles tournaments as the third or “decider”…

by | Aug 7, 2017

The old guy started his second service game with a double, then the kid set him up to put a winner past him. He lost the one after that when his serve was zipped back to the baseline and he…

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