Dan Kitwood

Bill talks tennis

They let me write about tennis, too.

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America says hello to tennis again

The U.S. Open got underway today in New York. Say hello.

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Marion, made

After a lengthy slump and coaching drama, Marion Bartoli did what no elite player could do at the All-England Club this fortnight: play consistent, dominant tennis and raise the Venus Rosewater Dish.

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Murray survives 5 set scare

In the latter pair of Wimbledon quarterfinals on Wednesday, Murray overcame Fernando Verdasco and a two-set deficit, and Janowicz was overcome with emotion.

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Massive semifinal showdown set

The 2011 Wimbledon champion and the man who defeated him in last year's Olympic bronze medal match will face off in Friday's Wimbledon semifinals after brilliant quarterfinal matches.

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Bartoli, Flipkens overcome unique challenges

Twelve months ago, Flipkens was still overcoming issues related to blood clots and couldn't even get into the Wimbledon qualifiers. Five months ago, Bartoli fired her father/coach. On Tuesday, they both reached the Wimbledon semifinals.

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Greatness, Lisicki, and Radwanska

Sabine Lisicki overcame both Kaia Kanepi and a post-upset letdown, while Aga Radwanska came through in a well-played fight with Li Na.

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Serena aside, favorites advance

Tennis' craziest, silliest (by design) day mostly followed form. But when it didn't, it really didn't.

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Serena falls in strangest Wimbledon ever

One of two American women survived Wimbledon's Manic Monday, and for the second time in three slams, it wasn't the one we expected. Giant killer Sabine Lisicki strikes again.

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Breakfast and Wimbledon, Day 5

The rain has moved in, the draw has opened up for Sloane Stephens (again) and Britain's best will play under the roof.

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The Wimbledon Day 4 liveblog

What's next following what might have been the craziest day in Wimbledon history?

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Wednesday at Wimbledon stunned us all

Streaks end. But that doesn't mean we're ready for them, even on one of the strangest, most destructive days in a tennis history.

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Walkover Wednesday at Wimbledon

Azarenka's withdrawal opens up a wide-open semifinal spot on the women's side, while Isner's injury wrecks a fantastic chance at the quarterfinals.

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Breakfast and Wimbledon, Day 3

In today's live blog, let's talk omelettes, cookbooks, orange soles and how American tennis males can't stay f***ing healthy.

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Breakfast and Wimbledon, Day 2

Come for the food, stay for the tennis. Today, it's Nadal vs. Grass, the United States vs. the field, old age vs. time, and Anthony Bourdain vs. Frank Bruni vs. Paula Deen.

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Nadal loses early at Wimbledon again

For the second year in a row, Rafael Nadal's Wimbledon stay ends early at the hands of a player with a ranking in the triple digits.

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Breakfast and Wimbledon, Day 1

Because the Wimbledon Championships are so wonderfully and immersively covered by the ESPN family of networks, the fortnight is perfect fodder for daily live blogs. And because "Breakfast at Wimbledon" has become such a well-known phrase, we're going to mix the tennis with food talk. Care to join in?

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Nadal the best ever on clay

With his power, his speed, and that ridiculous lefty topspin, the eight-time French Open champion is better on clay than anybody has ever been on any surface.

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At 31, Serena might be getting better

We had no reason to think we'd see this Serena again, at least not this consistently.

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French Open men's semifinals preview

Who survives the Djokovic-Nadal bloodbath? And who makes full use of their "It's his year" karma, Ferrer or Tsonga? (Hint: The answers are Nadal and Ferrer.) Previewing two intriguing semifinal matchups, one quite familiar and one quite curious.

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French Open women's semis preview

The top four players on clay are the last four remaining in the women's draw. What happens now?

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Your French Open men's QF primer

The first week of a grand slam is for tennis fans. The second week is for sports fans. So if you are just starting to tune into the 2013 French Open, it's time for the quarterfinals! Here's what you need to know about each of four wonderfully intriguing matchups.

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Federer's streak has lasted forever

2004 was a long time ago ...

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Why we watch the early rounds

The rain held up for most of the day on Wednesday, which means we're back on an orderly pattern. Weather permitting, the French Open's second round will wrap up today with the third round beginning tomorrow. Unfortunately, it's looking as if weather won't permit.

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On invincibility and Day 4 at the French Open

It's cloudy in France, but the rain has stayed away thus far. That's good news, because Monfils-Gulbis could be amazing, and we don't want to wait any longer to watch it. Also: some notes on Agnieszka Radwanska's early dominance and Rafael Nadal's aura of invincibility.

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Tuesday French Open preview

It's raining in Paris. The tarps are out, and while it appears French Open officials are optimistic about playing at some point soon -- they are announcing delays basically 30-45 minutes at a time -- nothing has begun just yet.

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French Open Monday Preview

Styles make fights, the seeded player isn't always the favorite and Nadal's path of complete destruction begins.

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What we learned in Madrid

The 2013 Mutua Madrid Open wrapped up over the weekend, with Rafael Nadal topping Stan Wawrinka in the men's final and Serena Williams knocking out Maria Sharapova on the women's side.

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Tennis' new standard-bearer

In the fall of 2010, it seemed Novak Djokovic was a victim of poor timing, coming around at the same time as two all-time greats. But then he turned himself into an all-time great. On Sunday, he took out Andy Murray for his third straight Australian Open title. He has won five of the last nine slams.

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Azarenka wins 2nd straight Aussie title

She doesn't make life easy on herself that often, but Victoria Azarenka is now a two-time Australian Open champion following a flawed, fascinating three-set win over Li Na.

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Men's tennis is so damn good right now

Andy Murray has caught up to tennis' best, but we already knew that. Instead, what we saw in his win over Roger Federer in the 2013 Australian Open semis verified that Murray isn't going anywhere, that Federer hasn't lost much of his game, and that men's tennis is so, so good right now.

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Federer-Murray headlines Day 12

In a sport with almost no margin for error, Novak Djokovic dominated David Ferrer in every facet of the game in the first semifinal of the 2013 Australian Open. On Day 12, Roger Federer and Andy Murray battle to face Djokovic for the title.

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What Sloane Stephens means

The 19-year-old from Florida turns funk to fire and takes out a hobbling Serena Williams to become the first American not named Williams to reach the semis of a slam since Lindsay Davenport in 2005.

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The marquee matchups begin in Round 3

We've seen mostly chalk through four days at the Australian Open; while a lack of upsets might seem boring to some, it has set the table for some fantastic matchups heading into the weekend. First up: Maria Sharapova v. Venus Williams.

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Which Americans will advance?

Americans played pretty well in the first two days of the Australian Open, but a series of brutal draws left the men with little to show for it. Can a player like Ryan Harrison or Tim Smyczek break through with an enormous win on Day 3?

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Upsets on Day 2 in Melbourne?

Monday in Melbourne featured almost no upsets? Will Tuesday be any different? And is Bernard Tomic's form finally ready to keep up with his mouth?

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2012 Davis Cup Semifinals

Beginning on Friday, the U.S. and Spain face off in Gijon in the Davis Cup Semifinals. And while John Isner has not had a great year in tournaments, he has been incredible in Davis Cup play. He will have to be even better for the U.S. to have a chance.

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Who Can Challenge Djokovic In His Region?

The final major of the tennis season started Monday at the 2012 U.S. Open. We're previewing each section of the draw. Up next: The Djokovic Region.

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It's Finally John Isner's Time

The final major of the tennis season started Monday at the 2012 U.S. Open. We're previewing each section of the draw. Up next: The Ferrer Region.

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Can Anyone Knock Out Sharapova In Her Region?

The final major of the tennis season get underway Monday at the 2012 U.S. Open. We're previewing each section of the draw. Up next: The Sharapova Region.

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The Azarenka Region Is Loaded

The final major of the tennis season get underway Monday at the 2012 U.S. Open. We're previewing each section of the draw. Up next: The Azarenka Region.

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Can Murray's Momentum Continue?

The final major of the tennis season get underway Monday at the 2012 U.S. Open. We're previewing each section of the draw. Up next: The Murray Region.

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The Federer Region, Where You Have No Hope

The final major of the tennis season get underway Monday at the 2012 U.S. Open. We're previewing each section of the draw, starting with Roger Federer's region.

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Wimbledon 2012: 5 Things We Learned

Five thoughts about the 2012 Wimbledon Championships, from the old hands in an older person's game (Serena Williams and Roger Federer), to a fortnight's ups and downs, to Andy Murray's improvement, to inexplicable roof decisions, to ESPN's nearly perfect tennis coverage.

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Men's Quarterfinal Preview

Previewing the Wimbledon 2012 men's quarterfinals. Can an underdog German or Michael Chang 2.0 spoil the party, or are we zeroing in on Djokovic-Federer and Murray-Tsonga in the semis?

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Serena's Ceiling Still Awfully High

Five thoughts from Tuesday's Wimbledon action, which included all four ladies' quarterfinal matches and wins by Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka.

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Women's Quarterfinal Previews

Previews of Tuesday's four Women's quarterfinal matches at Wimbledon 2012. Serena Williams vs. Petra Kvitova is the marquee matchup.

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5 Thoughts From Manic Monday

Five thoughts from Monday's fourth-round Wimbledon action, where Victoria Azarenka and Novak Djokovic looked fantastic, Maria Sharapova fell, and the rain shortened the proceedings.

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Previewing Manic Monday

Previewing a hectic Monday at the All-England Club. All Round of 16 matches are scheduled in both the men's and women's draws.

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Day 7 Sees Marathons, Age And Ankle-Biters

Five thoughts from Day 7 at Wimbledon, from Andy Murray, to wardrobe malfunctions, to the Querrey-Cilic marathon, to Lukas Rosol, to Serena Williams.

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Favorites Falter But Survive

A recap of Friday's Wimbledon drama, including Roger Federer winning in five sets.

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Day 5 Features Upset Bids And Old Rivalries

Here are five third-round matches to watch on Friday at Wimbledon.

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Thursday Is Moving Day For Brits, Americans

Here are five matches to track on what is potentially another rainy day at Wimbledon.

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Young Americans Acquit Themselves Well

Five thoughts on the conclusion of Wimbledon's third day, another rain-shortened affair. But hey, this one at least included a prince.

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Rescheduling And Under-The-Radar Matchups

Five matches to watch on Day Three of Wimbledon 2012, including Novak Djokovic vs. Ryan Harrison.

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Americans Thrive, Big Servers Do Not

Here are five conclusions from Tuesday's rain-shortened action at Wimbledon 2012.

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Day 1 Review, Day 2 Preview

Thoughts on Monday's Wimbledon action and a preview of Tuesday's matches to watch.

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Matches To Watch On Day One

The fortnight has begun! Perhaps tennis's two most celebrated weeks kick off Monday morning (ESPN2 coverage starts at 6:30 a.m. ET). Here are 10 matches to track as Wimbledon's first day unfolds.

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Rafael Nadal Still Owns French Open

The 2012 French Open taught us that Rafael Nadal is still the king on clay. What else did we learn on this windy fortnight?

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Rafael Nadal Wins 7th Title At Roland Garros

It was an odd, short day of work for Rafael Nadal. Trailing 2-1 in the fourth set when the 2012 French Open final resumed on Monday, Nadal started hot, dominated his serve, and broke Novak Djokovic to win his seventh French Open title, 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5. The set featured what appeared to be a one-cloud rainstorm and a 30-second rain delay, but when play “resumed” for a second time, Nadal took care of business.

Serving down 4-5, Djokovic seemed to once again loosen up — he tends to relax and play very well when his back is against the wall, and he won his serve easily. Down 5-6, however, Djokovic cracked a bit, committing a couple of errors and double-faulting on Nadal’s first match point, which can be seen here:

Nadal's seven titles at Roland Garros are the most ever. To say the least, his case as the greatest clay-court player ever has been solidified.

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Can Djokovic Cope With Dominant Nadal?

Novak Djokovic crafted his game around beating Rafael Nadal, and he has done just that in the last three grand slam finals. Can he do it again at Roland Garros, or is Nadal just playing too well?

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Sharapova Shines And Errani Rises

Thoughts on Maria Sharapova's 2012 French Open title and Sara Errani's rapid rise.

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Tennis At Its Highest Level

The two semifinals in the 2012 French Open men's semifinals feature two incredibly different narratives. Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer tend to play each other as closely as possible, while Rafael Nadal simply doesn't lose to David Ferrer on clay. What shifts might these stories take on Friday?

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Ferrer Outlasts Murray, Advances To Semis

In front of a partisan crowd, 30-year old David Ferrer, the world's No. 6 player, took out No. 4 Andy Murray in four sets, 6-4, 6-7, 6-3, 6-2, to advance to the French Open semifinals. It is his third slam semifinal, his first on the Roland Garros clay.

Murray, troubled by his back for much of the tournament and by his forehand for much of the quarterfinal started slow yet again, quickly losing five of the match's first seven games. But he rebounded to take the second set and, after two sets, had produced 31 winners to 29 unforced errors. But the ratio fell apart in the final two sets; Murray managed only 18 winners to 30 errors and was broken six times. Ferrer, meanwhile, did what Ferrer does: he got his first serve in (first serve percentage: 64 percent), and he played mostly error-free tennis. His reward: a semifinal match versus an opponent (Rafael Nadal) to whom he has lost 15 straight sets on clay.

An interesting subplot to this match: the crowd was vehemently in favor of Ferrer after taking issue with Andy Murray's use of injury timeouts in previous matches. If you're keeping score at home:

  • Roger Federer shouts at the crowd to shut up in the second set of his win over Juan Martin Del Potro. Crowd still cheers for him for the rest of the match.
  • Andy Murray gets treatment for his back. Crowd turns on him. Good times in Paris.

You can see a full French Open scoreboard at SI.com.

For more updates on the 2012 French Open, please stay tuned to this StoryStream. For lots more on all things tennis, keep checking SB Nation's dedicated tennis hub.

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Nadal Cruises To French Open 2012 Semis

Even when you can match up well with Rafael Nadal from an offensive perspective, you still need to be able to win the key points. Nicolas Almagro won his share of rallies early on but eventually faded, losing to the six-time champion, 7-6, 6-2, 6-3.

The first set was almost exactly even; Nadal won 42 points to Almagro's 38, and neither saw his serve seriously threatened. But on the first point of the tiebreaker, Almagro dumped an ill-advised drop shot into the net -- the shot was so bad that Almagro looked like he was angry about it before racquet even met ball. Nadal went up 5-1 in the 'breaker, cruised to a 7-4 win, then took the final two sets rather easily.

For the match, Almagro actually had more winners than Nadal (39 to 36), but he committed 29 more errors (45 to 16). Combine that with the fact that Nadal won seven of the match's 10 break points (3-for-6 on Almagro's serve, 4-for-4 on his own), and you've got the difference in the match. Almagro is a rising star on clay, but he isn't Rafael Nadal. Nadal will face the winner of the ongoing quarterfinal between No. 4 Andy Murray and No. 6 David Ferrer on Friday.

You can see a full French Open scoreboard at SI.com.

For more updates on the 2012 French Open, please stay tuned to this StoryStream. For lots more on all things tennis, keep checking SB Nation's dedicated tennis hub.

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The Quarterfinals Have Lived Up To Their Billing

Can Nicolas Almagro slug his way past the ultimate clay-court slugger, Rafael Nadal? Can Andy Murray limp all the way to the semis? Can one of two women pull a huge upset?

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Federer Storms Back To Beat Del Potro In 5

Juan Martin Del Potro played wonderful defense-to-offense tennis in the first two sets of his French Open quarterfinal match with Roger Federer, and he took 13 of the first 22 games because of it. But his serve began to spray, and an angry Roger Federer tamped down on the errors, and Federer came back to win, 3-6, 6-7, 6-2, 6-0, 6-3.

Tennis is not big on stats, but the limited numbers available tell you all you need to know about this one:

Winners (First Two Sets): Federer 19, Del Potro 15
Winners (Last Three Sets): Federer 40, Del Potro 18

Unforced Errors (First Two Sets): Federer 28, Del Potro 22
Unforced Errors (Last Three Sets): Del Potro 20, Federer 15

1st Serve Percentage (First Two Sets): Del Potro 61%, Federer 50%
1st Serve Percentage (Last Three Sets): Federer 64%, Del Potro 54%

Federer teed off on Del Potro’s second serve all day, but it didn’t matter until Del Potro started regularly missing his first serve. But Del Potro clearly lost his edge after winning the second-set tie-breaker (we don’t know how much of a role a potentially tweaky knee played yet), and Federer was nearly flawless. As a result, Federer advances to play the winner of the ongoing, epic match between Novak Djokovic and Jo-Wilifried Tsonga.

You can see a full French Open scoreboard at SI.com.

For more updates on the 2012 French Open, please stay tuned to this StoryStream. For lots more on all things tennis, keep checking SB Nation's dedicated tennis hub.

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The Women's Draw After 3 Rounds

How has the women's draw taken shape as the second week of the 2012 French Open begins?

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The Men's Draw After 2.5 Rounds

How has the men's draw taken shape as the first week of the 2012 French Open comes to a close?

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Men's Tennis Is Better Than Ever

Men's tennis is as entertaining as it has ever been. But are we paying attention?

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American Men Seeking Firm Footing

It might not be too late for some of America's young hopefuls to join the ranks of tennis' elite, but for many, their runs in the 2012 French Open might not last too much longer (if they are still going at all).

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Azarenka Flirts With Disaster

On Day 2 of the 2012 French Open, the Curse of No. 1 on the women's side nearly claimed another victim as Victoria Azarenka narrowly escaped. Will she survive in the perch much longer?

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Lessons Learned From The 2012 Australian Open

Some reflections on the 2012 Australian Open and tennis' current, awesome state (as long as you ignore any sort of American influence).

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