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FEDERER: ‘In Better Shape Than Rivals’

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January 18, 2014

Roger Federer has thrown down the gauntlet to his younger rivals in Melbourne by suggesting that he is in better shape than them – even at the age of 32. The much-loved Federer cruised through to the last sixteen of the Australian Open with a 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 win over Teymuraz Gabashvili of Russia.  Then […]

Li Na – Coach Saved My Marriage

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January 17, 2014

‘Coach Saved My Marriage,’ claims Li Na She looks Chinese, her accent is Chinese, she is Chinese. It’s just that every word which dances out of Li Na’s mouth could have been spoken by a thoroughly modern woman from the west. Regular visitors to this website will know what we think about Li Na, the […]

Sorry Doctor, In Melbourne I’m backing the Antelope…

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January 16, 2014

Focus at the Australian Open has turned once more to the searing heat, which remains in the blistering early forties during the fiercest part of the Melbourne day.  Croatia’s Ivan Dodig complained he could have died before retiring from his match, Jamie Murray suffered heatstroke while battling through the doubles, and play had to be […]

Murray Accepts Mission Impossible

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January 14, 2014

Make no mistake, if Andy Murray wins the Australian Open, it will be the finest achievement of his career. You can talk about the first psychological break-through of hard-court glory at Flushing Meadows, his Olympic triumph, or the supreme mental feat of winning Wimbledon.  But if you are talking pure gladiatorial tennis against the true […]

Seeds Tumble in Melbourne

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January 13, 2014

She was hailed as ‘the next great thing’ in tennis by the legendary Billie Jean King after winning Wimbledon in 2011. But Petra Kvitova crashed out in the very first round of the Australian Open, losing 2-6, 6-1, 4-6 to the little-known Luksika Kumkhum in Melbourne.  The world number 87 from Thailand kept her cool […]

Tennis Players Need A Hobby

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January 7, 2014

For their own sanity and our pleasure The tennis circuit is such a goldfish bowl that the players would go crazy if they didn’t get out and focus on something else sometimes. John McEnroe and Pat Cash used to play the guitar to escape the pressure. Justine Henin went sky-diving. The Boys The Fed spends […]

Congratulations Andy Murray, Sports Personality of the Year 2013…

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December 17, 2013

Never has a winner deserved the award more. Sports Personality of the Year is a big deal in the UK. It is not won in a sporting arena, or chosen by some obscure panel of so-called experts. This is when the British public has the chance  to decide who is the best and who has most […]

Novak victory at ATP finals is good for 2014 tennis

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November 12, 2013

So Novak had the last laugh. It wasn’t the greatest final, but it completes one of the greatest end-of-year comebacks, especially from a world number one who had been so unceremoniously toppled from his perch by the man on the other side of the net.  Djokovic beat Rafa Nadal 6-3, 6-4 in the ATP World […]

Expect fireworks as Rocket Roger fights Novak and time itself…

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November 5, 2013

It would be one of the great sports stories of the year if Roger Federer can beat Novak Djokovic in London tonight. A victory for the millions who have always loved Roger. Hope for anyone who feels the onslaught of time and seeks to defy it in style. Novak lit the touchpaper on Firework Night […]

Li Na – The Power Behind The Smile

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October 2, 2013

What do East and West have in common? We both love Li Na. Think about that simple sentence – and the enormity of the achievement behind it. There’s no better time to salute Li Na than during the China Open, though ironically she has trouble winning it. Hardly surprising really, when you have hundreds of […]

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