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• You can’t say Novak Djokovic isn’t good to his fans. The Miami champion literally takes the shirt off his back, signs it and casually tosses it into the stands.
• Peter Bodo sat down with Miami champion Agnieszka Radwanska after her big win.
“The adjectives that come to mind to describe Radwanska are: Implacable; remote; unflappable; leisurely; languid; measured. She often plays from a low crouch, as if she’s dodging real bullets rather than optic yellow ones. It’s effective as a discipline that yields consistency, but it’s also an apt symbol. Hers is a game of the insurgent. It’s guerrilla tennis — especially against taller, more powerful, more physical rivals.”
• A cautionary tale against doubting Djokovic. It does seem interesting that the tennis world just doesn’t seem to have fully bought into Djokovic yet.
“Suspend your disbelief and accept his breathtaking brilliance — especially when the numbers and every other indicator suggest he’s facing an uphill battle. … Djokovic is, at heart, a bottom-line guy, at his best in the crucible of a championship match. His only two losses this year, instructively, have come in semifinals — to Murray in Dubai and John Isner in Indian Wells. He’s won 12 of 13 finals over the past two seasons, a retirement to Murray last summer in Cincinnati the only shortcoming. This year’s Australian Open should have ended the discussion, when he spent more than 10 hours on the court in beating Murray and Nadal.”
• No shorts in Paris. Victoria Azarenka will go back to the classic tennis dress for Roland Garros.
• Speaking of kits: Here’s what Roger Federer will be wearing for Rome and Madrid.
• Talk about Big Four dominance: “A top 4 player has won the last 11 ATP Masters 1000 titles and 17 of last 18 since 2010 Monte Carlo.”
• Maria Sharapova visited a Greenville, S.C., teen who won an essay contest to earn a training session with the WTA No. 2.
• Melanie Oudin has qualified for the Charleston main draw, winning back-to-back matches for the first time since 2010.
Non-tennis: The state of Linsanity now that the Knicks’ Jeremy Lin could miss the rest of the season because of a knee injury.