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Is Novak Djokovic an all-time great? Hmmm

Is Novak Djokovic an all-time great? Hmmm

12/28/2012

In the past 24 months, Novak Djokovic has won a Davis Cup, four Grand Slam titles and an ATP World Tour Final. He's also made his mercurial happy-go-lucky days when he was wearing adidas shirts and swinging Wilson rackets seem like ancient history. Today, Djokovic is one of, if not the, toughest out in tennis. A year-end No. 1 two years running, Djokovic has...

Still a disconnect between U.S. Open, ATP

Still a disconnect between U.S. Open, ATP

12/28/2012

It all seemed to be going to so well for the U.S. Open, at least for a minute or two. The tournament has been heavily criticized by players and media in recent years on at least two fronts: (1) for not having a roof in place, even as rain has forced the event to go a day longer than scheduled on five straight occasions; and (2) for clinging to...

Setting the right priorities

Setting the right priorities

12/28/2012

The past few days could not have been easy for John Isner. On Saturday night, with a spot in the national title game on the line, his beloved University of Georgia football team suffered a heartbreaking loss to Alabama. If tennis players ever introduced themselves on TV by announcing where they attended school, like on certain NFL broadcasts, the former Bulldogs...

For the Czechs, team matters

For the Czechs, team matters

12/28/2012

Hops are home in the Czech Republic, which boasts the highest beer consumption per capita in the world. So it was fitting that Radek Stepanek celebrated his Davis Cup-clinching victory over Nicolas Almagro by vaulting the net twice after carrying more than 14,000 buzzing fans on a four-set thrill-ride in Prague earlier this month. "I think I'm living the dream...