November 28th, 2011
08:10 PM ET

Resurgent Federer still hungry for major titles

Roger Federer won a record sixth ATP World Tour Finals title in London.
Roger Federer won a record sixth ATP World Tour Finals title in London.

Think Roger Federer's chances of winning another major title are over? Think again!

The 30-year-old father of two looks ready and raring to go after a fine finish to the 2011 season.

While his main rivals, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, whimpered out of the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals in London, the Swiss maestro sauntered through his round-robin group, beating Nadal 6-3 6-0 en route, before taking out Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the final for the third time in two weeks. FULL POST

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Filed under:  Tennis
November 12th, 2011
05:47 PM ET

Should Djokovic have risked his reputation in Paris?

Novak Djokovic plays a return during his third round win over Victor Troicki in Paris.
Novak Djokovic plays a return during his third round win over Victor Troicki in Paris.

To play, or not to play, that was the question facing Novak Djokovic – or so some thought!

As World No.1, the Serb was entitled to a $2 million bonus if he played all eight World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments and $1.6 million if he played seven of the eight.

Having already missed the Shanghai tournament because of a back injury, Djokovic had to play in Paris, or else he’d end up with nothing -– but then there was that reoccurrence of a shoulder injury in Basel. . FULL POST

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Filed under:  Tennis • World Sport Analysis
September 13th, 2011
02:24 PM ET

Can anybody break the dominance of Djokovic?

Novak Djokovic has won three Grand Slams in 2011 and lost only two matches. (Getty Images)
Novak Djokovic has won three Grand Slams in 2011 and lost only two matches. (Getty Images)

Five other men have won three major titles in one year in the Open era, but none so emphatically as Novak Djokovic.

The Serb secured his maiden US Open title on Monday with his sixth straight win, all in finals, against the man who was so dominant last year, Rafael Nadal.

This latest victory took Novak's 2011 record to an astonishing 64-2 and only one of those matches did he actually lose - the other was an injury retirement in the Cincinnati final. FULL POST

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Filed under:  Tennis
September 12th, 2011
07:09 PM ET

Has Serena Williams been judged too harshly?

Serena Williams was furious after being penalized during the U.S. Open women's final on Sunday. (Getty Images)
Serena Williams was furious after being penalized during the U.S. Open women's final on Sunday. (Getty Images)

Only hardened Australian tennis fans gave Samantha Stosur a chance of beating Serena Williams in the final of the U.S. Open.

It seemed the rest of the world felt sure that the American, a 13-time major champion, would romp home just as she had done through six rounds at Flushing Meadows and two hard-court tournaments before that, but the 27-year old Aussie clearly hadn't read the script. FULL POST

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Filed under:  Tennis
August 24th, 2011
03:00 PM ET

Is Wozniacki feeling the weight of world number one?

Caroline Wozniacki has reached the top of tennis' world rankings despite not winning a grand slam title.
Caroline Wozniacki has reached the top of tennis' world rankings despite not winning a grand slam title.

A number one ranking can be a blessing and a curse, just ask Caroline Wozniacki, Jelena Jankovic and Dinara Safina.

It is right that praise follows an athlete who has reached the summit of their sport, but it can become a burden if this feat has been acheived without claiming a grand slam.

To the layman it makes no sense. To the critic it undermines the credibility of the rank. Since Wozniacki of Denmark became the WTA Tour’s top-ranked player, it is a question mark that has hung over her career. FULL POST

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Filed under:  Tennis
August 16th, 2011
06:41 PM ET

Can anybody stop Djokovic and Williams at the U.S. Open?

Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams pose with their Rogers Cup trophies.
Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams pose with their Rogers Cup trophies.

There are two weeks to go until the final major of the year begins and already we have two huge favorites. You simply cannot look past Novak Djokovic on the men’s side and Serena Williams on the women’s.

The Serb’s run this year been absolutely astonishing. Victory at the Rogers Cup in Montreal was his ninth title of 2011 and his fifth at an ATP Tour Masters 1000 - a record - which means he has now won 53 out of his 54 matches - with that lone loss coming to 16-time grand slam winner Roger Federer in the semifinal of the French Open.

Not too long ago it was Rafa Nadal and Swiss Federer who dominated men’s tennis and Novak was a bit of an afterthought, but how things have changed. FULL POST

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Filed under:  Tennis
July 3rd, 2011
08:29 PM ET

Brilliant Novak a deserved Wimbledon winner

Novak Djokovic fully deserves his status as new Wimbledon champion and world number one.
Novak Djokovic fully deserves his status as new Wimbledon champion and world number one.

We have a new men’s world number one and Wimbledon champion in Novak Djokovic.

His semifinal Wimbledon win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was simply sensational and my favorite match of the fortnight. There was a highlight in almost every game with both men leaping about all over the place and then laughing and grinning afterwards. You simply couldn’t ask for more. FULL POST

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July 1st, 2011
06:31 PM ET

Tour champion Contador deserves respect

Contador received a mixed reception at the official 2011 Tour presentation.
Contador received a mixed reception at the official 2011 Tour presentation.

21 stages – 3,430 kilometers - that's the challenge facing the riders at the 2011 Tour de France. No wonder it's also called the Tour of Pain! And this year, as a way of honoring 100 years of climbing the giant Col du Galibier - the participants will go up not once, but twice - with the end of the 18th stage being the highest finish in the Tour's history.

Alberto Contador and Andy Schleck are expected to be the front runners for the overall leader's maillot jeune. FULL POST

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Filed under:  Cycling • World Sport Analysis
June 29th, 2011
04:11 PM ET

Who will star at the women's World Cup?

Birgit Prinz's goals could fire host-nation Germany to World Cup glory.
Birgit Prinz's goals could fire host-nation Germany to World Cup glory.
Some of you will scoff when I suggest you watch the FIFA Women’s World Cup. Of course, the women’s game is slower than the men’s, and less physical overall, but it isn’t any less attacking or for that matter entertaining and there will be plenty of goals (check out Monica Ocampo’s long-range strike against England).

Plus, as an added bonus, there won’t be nearly so much feigning of injury and time wasting - and if all that doesn’t get you to watch, I don’t know what will! I promise you the showpiece in Germany will surprise you, if you just give it a chance. FULL POST

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June 22nd, 2011
10:40 AM ET

Can the Williams sisters triumph after a troubled year?

Serena (left) and Venus (right) have won the Wimbledon ladies' singles title nine times between them.
Serena (left) and Venus (right) have won the Wimbledon ladies' singles title nine times between them.
The questions about Serena Williams’ continuing desire to play tennis after her near-death experience earlier this year were clearly answered with her performance and subsequent emotional outburst in Tuesday’s first round match with Aravane Rezai.

I can’t remember ever seeing Serena cry, but she was blubbing away both into her towel and afterwards in her post-match press conference with former CNN presenter Phil Jones, remember him?

Even when Serena loses she doesn’t shed a tear (in public at least) and though I’m not one for too much emotion, it was really heartwarming to see. FULL POST

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