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Rafael Nadal

Adios Rafa?

Journalist and tennis fan William Skidelsky has written a book called Federer and Me: A Story of Obsession, which will be published next week. I don’t think I’ll bother reading it because I’m a Rafael Nadal fan, and life is… Continue Reading →

Roger Federer: It’s Hard to be Humble

What really sets Roger Federer apart from his peers isn’t his bulging trophy cabinet or his breathtaking one-handed backhand, but his ability to be conceited in four languages. Wimbledon 2012 is over and Roger Federer is once again on top… Continue Reading →

Day of the Jackasses: Wimbledon 2012 Day 7

It takes up to 10 minutes to close the Centre Court roof — roughly the same amount of time that the dilatory Rafa Nadal wastes between serves. To close or not to close? While Britain’s dodgy bankers and dithering politicians… Continue Reading →

Twilight of the Teenage Tennis Queens

I saw Russian temptress Anna Kournikova play at Wimbledon once, and I’m pretty sure I was the only one focusing on the ball that day. Later today, 14-year-old golfer Andy Zhang will tee off in the 112th US Open at… Continue Reading →

Ova Kill

“Are we in danger or focusing on the negatives of Murray and not accentuating the positives of Nadal, who is brilliant.” (John Inverdale, Today at Wimbledon, 1 July 2011) For a country that’s been losing at tennis for so many… Continue Reading →

Fed Up with Wimbledon

Good news for EastEnders fans: Andy Murray’s 4th-round match against Richard Gasquet at Wimbledon is scheduled first on Centre Court today. So unless the 4th seed and his French opponent get involved in a contest of truly Isner-esque proportions they… Continue Reading →

Down to Earth: Rafa Hits Roger for Six

“Self-praise is for losers. Be a winner. Stand for something. Always have class, and be humble” The first & last part are incorrect no? (John Madden quoted by @PseudoFed, 4 June 2011) Does Roger Federer ever write himself a “to… Continue Reading →

Marathon Man Comes Up Short

The Rafael Nadal fan club was in session at the French Open this afternoon. BBC commentator Sam Smith was giving full vent to her adoration for the Spaniard and the way he conducts his life both on and off the… Continue Reading →

Fate and Ferrer slam the door on Rafa

There may be tears on Rod Laver Arena tomorrow if drama queen Vera Zvonareva loses her Australian Open semi-final against Kim Clijsters. But today I was the one weeping into my coffee as Rafael Nadal lost his battle with illness,… Continue Reading →

Wet t-shirts, dry humour and a phantom pregnancy

“Nadal looks like he’s wrapped in red cling film” quipped Andrew Cotter, the BBC’s latest smarmy recruit to the commentary box at the 2011 Australian Open. Cotter was referring (yet again), to the prodigious amounts of sweat pouring off the… Continue Reading →

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