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  1. Will Rafael Nadal flop or fly at Wimbledon?

    Richard Pagliaro

    Flashbulbs lit up a leaden sky as Rafael Nadal crumbled to Centre Court after edging Roger Federer in the 2008 Wimbledon final. It was a match for the ages. Although Nadal has starred in epic grass-court masterpieces, his Wimbledon appearances have l...

    Blog | June 20, 2014
  2. Dirty Work: Top 10 U.S. moments in Paris

    Richard Pagliaro

    The French Open features one of the softest surfaces in Grand Slam tennis, but the American men continue to take a beating on the terre battue. When it comes to making a mark at Roland Garros in recent years, American men have had as much staying ...

    Blog | May 21, 2014
  3. What Rome means to the French Open

    Richard Pagliaro

    Rome is the red clay test track where Rafael Nadal finds his stride tuning up for annual Roland Garros title runs. Clay-court tennis "requires the speed of a sprinter, sharp off the blocks, and the stamina of a marathon runner. You stop, start, st...

    Blog | May 13, 2014
  4. Fognini leads pack of clay dark horses

    Richard Pagliaro

    Clay can be the most demanding surface, and recently it has been the most predictable. Rafael Nadal has treated Roland Garros as his stomping ground, raising the Coupe de Mousquetaires in eight of the past nine years. The world No. 1's surprising...

    Blog | April 22, 2014
  5. Kvitova hoping to shine in Fed Cup

    Richard Pagliaro

    The visiting team has split the World Group semifinals in seven of the past 10 years, but will that trend continue this weekend? Defending Fed Cup champion Italy travels to the Czech Republic in a meeting of nations that have combined to capture the ...

    Blog | April 18, 2014
  6. Surprises big part of Davis Cup takeaways

    Richard Pagliaro

    Screaming vuvuzelas, smacking thundersticks and singing chants charge Davis Cup with a festival feel in which athletes and audience both crank up the intensity. Three of the four World Group quarterfinals rocked into a decisive fifth match last we...

    Blog | April 08, 2014
  7. Time to hand out our tennis medals

    Richard Pagliaro

    Maria Sharapova spent her younger years in Sochi driving herself up the wall against an unerring opponent. The wall where she hit her first ball is a Sharapova mural now, ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-O3Qi-8qbc#t=33) and she returned to hit agai...

    Blog | February 13, 2014
  8. Four rivalries could flourish in 2014

    Richard Pagliaro

    December is the downtime of the tennis season, when players train for the New Year that dawns Down Under at the Australian Open and observers dream of the adrenaline rush rivalries can produce. Compelling rivalries can be the tennis equivalent of ...

    Blog | December 04, 2013
  9. Novak Djokovic's long-term future at No. 1

    Richard Pagliaro

    Stillness helps Novak Djokovic recharge, so it's fitting he made a major move without stepping on court this week. Djokovic, who credits his daily silent meditation sessions for improved clarity, reached a milestone in becoming the ninth man in A...

    Blog | September 26, 2013
  10. Five women's players to watch in Paris

    Richard Pagliaro

    Clay-court tennis has evoked expressive variety in Serena Williams this season. The world No. 1 has captured clay-court championships in three different countries -- and delivered victory speeches in three different languages: English (Charleston), S...

    Blog | May 23, 2013
  11. Kvitova showcases problem-solving skills

    Richard Pagliaro

    Petra Kvitova made the Dubai hard court look like a sand box. Kvitova's deep blasts displaced opponents who looked like they were spinning their wheels on sand in a futile effort to gain ground on the 2011 Wimbledon champion. Kvitova shook off ...

    Blog | March 05, 2013
  12. Kvitova showcases problem-solving skills

    Richard Pagliaro

    Petra Kvitova made the Dubai hard court look like a sand box. Kvitova's deep blasts displaced opponents who looked like they were spinning their wheels on sand in a futile effort to gain ground on the 2011 Wimbledon champion. Kvitova shook off ...

    Blog | February 25, 2013
  13. Major challenges for Sharapova in Oz

    Richard Pagliaro

    Maria Sharapova indulged her sweet tooth in launching her signature candy line, Sugarpova, before the 2012 U.S. Open. The player behind the brand will enter next week's Australian Open with more than maintaining a sugar high on her mind. The se...

    Blog | January 09, 2013
  14. For the Czechs, team matters

    Richard Pagliaro

    Hops are home in the Czech Republic, which boasts the highest beer consumption per capita in the world. So it was fitting that Radek Stepanek celebrated his Davis Cup-clinching victory over Nicolas Almagro by vaulting the net twice after carrying mor...

    Blog | November 28, 2012
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    Richard Pagliaro

    Dancing on her toes to the beats she hears in her headphones, Victoria Azarenka's prematch preparation makes her resemble a college kid bouncing across campus. And Azarenka has schooled virtually every opponent not named Serena Williams this yea...

    Blog | October 17, 2012
  16. Can Roddick, Venus make runs?

    Richard Pagliaro

    The stars come out in New York City for the U.S. Open, where they hope to shine brightest on the court. Seven of the past eight U.S. Open men's champions have been seeded first or second. And though No. 9 seed Samantha Stosur's sweep of Ser...

    Blog | August 22, 2012