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We can parse Nadal's loss as much as we want. Was it a bad day? Back issues? Knee? Confidence? Or was his opponent just too good? After all, Ferrer is a clay stalwart in his own ri...(full article)

Major League Baseball’s replay review era has arrived, and I already wish it would end. That’s because the system is a mess, robbing the sport of clarity and—just as signi...(full article)

Around this time last year, my friend and colleague at TENNIS.com, Pete Bodo, wrote an article entitled “Rafatigue.” Its theme, in case you can’t guess, was about how dully p...(full article)

It remains not just the largest hole in his resume, but the only one—unless you believe that Roger Federer absolutely, positively must win the ATP 250 in Kuala Lumpur in order to...(full article)

Some tennis players live long, full lives together. Rod Laver and Ken Rosewall played 144 times, with Laver ending up ahead 80-64; Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert faced off o...(full article)

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Murray Rolls Into 3rd Round

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Finally, This Is It for Clijsters

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Murray Takes Opener in Straight Sets

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Ferrer Ripe for Early Upset

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Federer's Previous Brilliance Returns

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Fish, Baker Win Opening Matches

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Murray Remains Outsider on Clay

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Defending Champ Li Na Ousted

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Women's Top Seed Azarenka Out

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Murray Whips Giraldo in 3-Setter

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American Teen Stephens Advances

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