March 02, 2014

Fed's "Hot Shots" From Upset Win over Djokovic followed by Title vs Berdych in Dubai

Roger Federer used an unusual tactic to win his first title since Halle last year - go down a set and an early break two matches in a row against players that had beaten him the last fives times combined. Set them up perfectly <g>. 

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Dimitrov Downs Murray in Acapulco Semi, Then Takes Title

Tremendous tennis from Grigor Dimitrov coming from a set down twice to beat first Ernests Gulbis in the quarters then Andy Murray. Last night he took the title over Kevin Anderson. 

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January 28, 2014

Video: Laver and Federer Discuss Playing Each Other

Charming video chat with two great tennis players: Rod Laver and Roger Federer. 

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September 27, 2013

Novak Djokovic vs. Li Na "Battle of the Sexes"

Fun mini-set for charity with Na getting a 30-love handicap in each game. 

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September 23, 2013

Andy Roddick Interviews Roger Federer

For his new employer, Fox Sports, Andy cites how, in the locker room after winning WImbledon, Roger and his team went out of their way to be considerate of him. Brings up Peter Carter, Fed's early coach killed in a car crash. Death "put my career into overdrive... I wanted to make Peter proud." Implies back has always bothered him, but is taking longer and longer to recover. 

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September 16, 2013

Nadal vs Djokovic 54-Shot Rally at US Open 2013

Here's video via TennisNowHD of the epic 54-shot point between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in this year's final of the US Open, plus Nadal's comeback in the game. 

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August 25, 2013

Roger Federer's Footwork in Slow Motion

One of the better of many slomo vids of Fed in action, this by a 3 minute newbie by "aim75" on YouTube {who might be Arnaud Turquois) . Watch for the recovery step, the pull-flip-roll straight arm forehand, the down-the-line drive backhand and, of course, how he whips the low inside-out forehand one of the most fearsome weapons in the history of tennis. 

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July 09, 2013

Andy Murray Finally Defeated the Blancmanges (Monty Python ref)

With Andy Murray winning Wimbledon, it is time to drag out this 1969 Monty Python sketch, which predicted that a Scot would win the title!

Now, this Scottsman is wearing a kilt, and finished the final un-opposed, yet still took five sets to win. Any resemblance to players past, present, or reading this is unintentional. Honest. 

And "blancmanges" is a bland British pudding or a disguise for aliens. Skip ahead to 3:20 to avoid the dumb blond jokes and see the match. 

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June 17, 2013

Simon & Garfunkel's Songs of America Video

This Simon & Garfunkel 1969 TV special is worth noting not only for it's classic content, and close-ups of the duo and their team in production, but for its inclusion of a section dedicated to three, assasinated American leaders -- Martin Luther King, John F. Kennedy, and Robert F. Kennedy --  but for the backstory. This performance was created for television but the intended sponsor backed out because all three of the victims shown were Democrats. CBS wisely decided to show the performance without the sponsor. Length 51+ minutes. Midway through we get some 60s anti-war and anti-poverty rhetoric. Seems sadly quaint. 

Tell me you didn't tear up watching little Caroline and Bobby running to greet JFK, or Martin Luther King with his little son, while Simon & Garfunkel harmonize "Like a bridge over troubled waters  ... So long, soooo long ... ". 

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June 10, 2013

ATP Halle 2012 Final Federer vs Haas Condensed

Good video, high quality vid condenses key points into 10 minutes of high-quality full-court attacking grass court tennis. Good antidote to the gridnerball of the last two weeks of Roland Garros13. Tommy Haas upsets Roger Federer to win the Gerry Weber (aka Halle) in 2012. This is the first grass court tournament on the WImbeldon swing. 

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