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A First for Federer

By DownTheTee | October 12, 2014

By Jane Voigt Roger Federer won his first-ever Shanghai Masters 1000 tournament today. It seemed odd that the man with the most Grand Slams (17) and number of weeks at number one had not won this one title. But, facts are facts. And, there are more hills to climb for the man who ascends to…

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Streak Interrupted

By DownTheTee | October 11, 2014

By Jane Voigt Roger Federer has a way of getting in the way of Novak Djokovic. In 2011, the Swiss star ended the Serbian’s 41-0 winning streak at the semifinals of Roland Garros, interrupting Djokovic’s chance to win the only slam not in his resume. Today, Federer shattered Novak’s 28-0 winning streak in China. Djokovic…

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Benny

By DownTheTee | October 10, 2014

By Jane Voigt When Julien Benneteau plays Roger Federer diehard “Fed” fans gasp. They shouldn’t. The record book solidly favors Federer. Their head-to-head is 5-2 Federer, meaning … it’s not likely the Frenchman will win any match against the maestro. Let’s call that the Zen perspective.  Anyone, though, with a lick of pro tennis insight knows that…

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Tennis Expansion Is A Rocky Road

By DownTheTee | October 9, 2014

By Jane Voigt With inaugural matches for the new International Tennis Premier League (I.P.T.L.) to begin at the end of November, ATP’s President Chris Kermode called the organization “exhibitions.” Questions about the new league, the men’s game, and long-term plans from the ATP, including expansion of markets in Asia, were raised, during the press conference yesterday.  “What players…

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Lyrics Capture Today’s Tennis

By DownTheTee | October 8, 2014

By Jane Voigt “Well maybe it is just the time of year/Or maybe it’s the time of man/I don’t know who I am/But you know life is for learning/We are stardust/We are golden.” Joni Mitchell’s prophetic lyrics in her classic, “Woodstock,” delivered its message in Shanghai today nearly 45 years after it hit the airwaves. “And we’ve…

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If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Shanghai

By DownTheTee | October 7, 2014

By Jane Voigt Chinese Wild Card Chuhan Wang beat Fabio Fognini, the No. 15 seed, in Shanghai today, proving once again that anyone in the top 1,000 can beat an elite player. Wait … that’s not how it goes. It’s supposed to be, ‘that anyone in the top 100 can beat an elite player,’ Fognini…

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Asian Tennis Time

By DownTheTee | October 6, 2014

By Jane Voigt It’s easy to forget how lucky some of us were when summer tennis put us within a couple time zones of tournaments. That’s not so true now. Tennis has shifted to Asia, which is at least 12 hours ahead of New York City, the site of the last Grand Slam of the…

Djokovic Defends Title in Shanghai

By DownTheTee | October 13, 2013

By Jane Voigt Clinical. Usually a term assigned to medical matters. But in the case of the tennis today in Shanghai, clinical connoted crisp, classic, and complete.  Although a large percentage of it applied to Novak Djokovic, a feisty Juan Martin del Potro challenged the defending champion to the last ball struck when the No.…

Del Potro Ousts Nadal in Shanghai Semi

By DownTheTee | October 12, 2013

By Jane Voigt Juan Martin del Potro did what other players dream of … defeating Rafael Nadal. The Argentine remained aggressive, consistent and mentally intact throughout the ATP Shanghai Masters 1000 semifinal, delivering the world No. 1 Nadal his second loss of the week, 62 64. “Juan Martin outplayed Rafa today,” Darren Cahill, ESPN analyst…

Campaign Over, Federer out of Shanghai

By DownTheTee | October 10, 2013

By Jane Voigt Roger Federer’s campaign in Shanghai is over. He fought bravely today against an always iffy Gaels Monfils; however, the Frenchman sparked a streak of good serving and aggression late in the match to push Federer out of the draw: 64 67(5) 63.  But that’s not the news.  Federer’s chances of getting an…