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Archive: Oct 2014

Novak’s The Daddy Against Tentative Murray

Novak Djokovic passed his first big tennis test since becoming a father, brushing aside Andy Murray 7-5, 6-2 in Paris. After Roger Federer’s surprising 6-7, 5-7 defeat to Milos Raonic earlier in the evening, it seems that normal service has been resumed in the fight for top spot, though there is plenty of tennis still […]

Will “Novak The Nappy” Really Change?

Fascinating thing, fatherhood. It can drain you, it can inspire you; usually it does both. In the early days, as Novak Djokovic is probably starting to discover, it can be tough. Sleep patterns are severely disrupted. And let’s face it, in the middle of the night, a dirty nappy never inspired anyone. What effect will […]

World-beater Williams Achieves Revenge Bagel Over Halep

Serena Williams completed one of sport’s great revenge turnarounds in Singapore by crushing Simona Halep 6,3, 6-0 to win the BNP Paribas Finals. Just days after being defeated by Halep and humiliated by a dreaded “bagel” set, the world number one inflicted similar embarrassment on a shell-shocked Simona when it really mattered. After such sporting […]

Serena Crushed By Halep Bagel

What on earth has happened to Serena Williams? She just played one of the worst sets of her life at the WTA Finals in Singapore – and no one saw it coming. An improved second-set performance still wasn’t nearly enough as Williams crashed 6-0, 6-2 to the feisty Romanian, Simona Halep. Sure, Serena has had […]

Murray Moves Into Top Eight

In an extraordinary war of attrition, full of searing aggression and dramatic vulnerability, Andy Murray claimed the Vienna Open by defeating David Ferrer 5-7, 6-2, 7-5 in an intriguing final of two hours and forty minutes. The 250 world ranking points Murray won in Austria propelled him into the coveted top eight places for the […]

How are Wimbledon Ball Boys and Girls Chosen?

What was your high school job? From petrol station attendant to retail assistant, most of us are happy to have any job during high school. For Wimbledon’s famous ball boys and girls, their high school job is far more than just a source of income. First, there are the perks – hanging out on the […]

Red-hot Roger Downs Djokovic in Shanghai

Sometimes tennis is almost too beautiful for words. Simply awe-inspiring…deliciously surprising…nothing can do justice to what just happened in Shanghai. Could Roger Federer even end the year as world number one? After this, anything seems possible. We thought we’d seen perfection from Novak Djokovic in the Far East. Then Roger Federer reminded us what sporting […]

Perfect Djokovic Destroys Doubting Tomas

Novak Djokovic almost served up a dreaded “double bagel” for Tomas Berdych in a ridiculously one-sided China Open final. ‘Something from above came into me,’ Djokovic claimed later, struggling to explain his own brilliance. No wonder the Serb suggested his tennis had been Heaven-sent. The quality of his game was quite mind-blowing. And then, as […]