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  1. Common thread for Djokovic, Kvitova

    Peter Bodo

    Novak Djokovic is a great tennis champion, but merely the latest in a long line of people to learn the hard way that it's always darkest before dawn. There Djokovic was, midway through the fifth set in the Wimbledon final, swinging the stringed s...

    Blog | July 07, 2014
  2. Tough Wimbledon draws for big names

    Peter Bodo

    We live in an age of speed reading, speed dialing and even speed dating. So why not speed draw analysis as well? Let's not waste any more time before looking at the 2014 Wimbledon draw. Men's singles Top quarter: The Djokovic section Prom...

    Blog | June 20, 2014
  3. Clay-to-grass move trips up big names

    Peter Bodo

    Rafael Nadal, who won the French Open for an unprecedented ninth time last Sunday, has now produced a far better trivia question for tennis fans of the future. Nadal was the victim of, conceivably, the least surprising upset in tennis history Thu...

    Blog | June 13, 2014
  4. Ain't gonna happen at the French Open

    Peter Bodo

    Grand Slam events never go as expected; we all know that. Your odds of predicting all the brackets might be slightly better than those you faced filling in your NCAA basketball tournament bracket with a trembling hand (it was visions of Warren Buffet...

    Blog | May 23, 2014
  5. Rafa not ready to give up his castle

    Peter Bodo

    You have to hand it to Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. After a few weeks, you had to wonder whether either of them was even capable of making the French Open final, never mind meeting his counterpart. But they resurrected the narrative, and once aga...

    Blog | May 19, 2014
  6. Questions aplenty for Rafa and cohorts

    Peter Bodo

    The way things are shaping up in Rome, a lot of quality pros will spend less time during this next, quiet week kicking back and enjoying Paris than obsessing about whether to make those reservations for the Tour d'Argent on the early or late side. ...

    Blog | May 16, 2014
  7. Kei Nishikori's not going anywhere

    Peter Bodo

    Rafael Nadal is the singles champ of Madrid for a record fourth time, and he deserves all the praise that will be heaped upon him for the accomplishment. But the man he subdued to take the final deserves a tremendous amount of credit as well. Not to ...

    Blog | May 12, 2014
  8. The mystery of Djokovic's wrist

    Peter Bodo

    The state of Novak Djokovic's right wrist is rapidly becoming the outstanding tennis mystery of 2014, destined for a place alongside Rafael Nadal's aching knees and Roger Federer's recently sore back in the lore and legend of the game. Djokovic pu...

    Blog | May 05, 2014
  9. Things could get worse for Rafa in Madrid

    Peter Bodo

    If Rafael Nadal wanted to put a little pressure on himself, he couldn't have picked a better time than last week, when he lost to a fellow Spaniard on a red clay court for the second time in as many weeks. A few weeks ago it was David Ferrer bounc...

    Blog | May 02, 2014
  10. Only Wawrinka has a clear head these days

    Peter Bodo

    Tennis pros don't like working under distracting conditions any more than the rest of us do, which suggests that the upcoming clay-court Masters events and the French Grand Slam will be an interesting test of the top players' ability to focus. As ...

    Blog | April 28, 2014
  11. Whats wrong with Rafa?

    Peter Bodo

    Rafael Nadal tried to wipe the bad taste of Monte Carlo's red clay out of his mouth in Barcelona, where he was gunning this week to win the title a surreal-sounding ninth time. But the top seed got red dirt kicked in his face again Friday as he lost ...

    Blog | April 25, 2014
  12. Big Four crumbling as we know it?

    Peter Bodo

    In case you hadn't noticed, the tight little group of ATP players who once were called the Big Four have been fruitful, and they've multiplied: It's now more like a Big Six or Eight ... and counting. It raises the question: Are we in the midst of a maj...

    Blog | April 21, 2014
  13. Clay intrigue for women, not for men

    Peter Bodo

    The clay-court swing is officially underway, the first blow struck by Andrea Petkovic of Germany, who won on the green clay of Charleston last Sunday. There are WTA events underway this week in Katowice, Poland, and Bogota, Colombia, where top se...

    Blog | April 11, 2014
  14. Indian Wells crowns up for grabs

    Peter Bodo

    The most refreshing thing about the Indian Wells tournament that is taking place in the California desert is that both titles appear to be up for grabs in a way they haven't been for a long time, particularly on the ATP side of the pro fence. Now ...

    Blog | March 10, 2014
  15. Masters mini-Slam sweep a daunting task

    Peter Bodo

    The Indian Wells Masters 1000 is underway, and Miami follows immediately on its heels. Sweeping the two events is a major accomplishment (among the Big Four, only Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic have done it). Call the accomplishment a Masters mini-...

    Blog | March 07, 2014
  16. Rafael Nadal to be tested early in Oz

    Peter Bodo

    The Australian Open has been very kind to Novak Djokovic, and at first glance, it seemed to get even more magnanimous. The defending champion, Djokovic is poised to become the first man in the Open era to carry off the title five times, and he appear...

    Blog | January 10, 2014