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June 29, 2012

Federer Is Houdini, Again - Beats Benneteau 2 Sets Down

Once again, Roger Federer is put in a straigth-jacket, locked in a box and dropped in the bottom of the ocean and -- escapes. OK, so it wasn't life and death only Wimbledon and he wasn't locked up, only two two sets to none against a veteran playing the match of his career. 

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How Lukas Rosol Beat Rafael Nadal - The Real Story

There's more to Lukas Rosol's huge upset of Rafeal Nadal, perhaps the biggest upset at WImbledon since Peter Doohan took out Boris Becker when he was favored to win his third-straight title, than the 100th-ranked player simply being in the zone.

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June 24, 2012

Times of London: Topspin Strings Ruining Tennis

Former tennis greats bemoan the dirth of volleying and monotony of baseline play dominating today's tennis in a feature by Barry Flatman for the Times of London (paywall).

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How Pros Customize Their Rackets: Nishikori

Wilson has released a "Kei Spec" version of Steam Pro 95 racket in Japan, that is reportedly identical to what Kei Nishikori plays with, so it provides some insight into how pros customize their rackets. 

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June 23, 2012

Nadal's Selfish Complaints Kill Madrid's Blue Clay

Ian Tiriac and the organizers of the Madrid Open announced that they are ending their experiment with blue clay because the ATP caved in to complaints by a few players, notably Rafael Nadal. 

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June 20, 2012

Breaking Down Federer's Backhand Return of Serve

From Tennis Oxygen on YouTube, focus on topspin backhand with contrast to groundstroke, followed by a second video from Fuzzyyellowballs.com 

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June 13, 2012

Take Rafael Nadal's Missing Watch- Please

Rafael Nadal has now lost $1 Million in watches.

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June 11, 2012

Rafael Nadal vs Novak Djokovic 45-Shot Rally

This lenghty rally shows the best and the worst of this weekend's mens final from the French Open at Roland Garos. Rally is on the third point of this game, after two shorter ones.

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Rafael Nadal's 7th French Open Win by the Numbers

Rafael Nadal won his seventh French Open title, topping Bjorn Borg's mark, in a string broken only by his loss to another Swede, Robin Soderling

While some match ups are complex, today's conclusion of the rain-delayed match was extremely straight forward. Nadal won the baseline rallies when it was dry, Djokovic won the rallies when it was wet, because Nadal's topspin no longer bounced up high on him.

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June 09, 2012

Babolat's Connected Rackets Record Your Strokes

Want to know if you hit that shot above center? How much spin you hit? Or see how many slice backhands you hit today? With new rackets you'll be able to download your stats and see all that and more on your PC.

Embedded sensors in Babolat racketrs due out in 2013, promise to let you download stats on every shot you hit: Type of shot, impact point on strings, spin.  

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