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Tweets of the Week: Novak Djokovic can fly?

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In this edition of Tweets of the Week, Novak Djokovic takes to the air, Juan Martin del Potro shows off his childish side and Serena Williams starts the trash-talking. Here are some of the best of this week’s Twitter dispatches.

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  • Published On Feb 28, 2014
  • Video: Radek Stepanek hits impressive diving lob in loss to Roger Federer

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    Radek Stepanek, known for his entertaining style of play, pulled out all the stops against Roger Federer in the second round of the Dubai Championships on Wednesday.

    Stepanek — who snapped an 18-set losing streak to Federer in the second set — earned a break point early in the final set with a little help from this incredible diving backhand volley lob that left even the sure-footed Federer stumbling. The 35-year-old Czech converted the break for a 2-0 lead.

    A FAN’S VIEW: Roger Federer

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  • Published On Feb 26, 2014
  • Players’ New Year’s resolutions

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    John Isner resolves to minimize his frustration in the New Year. (Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images)

    John Isner resolves to minimize his frustration in the New Year. (Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images)

    The best part of a new year is the hope and optimism that sets in when we get to wipe the slate clean and start fresh. With that in mind, Beyond the Baseline checked in with a few ATP and WTA players to find out what their 2014 New Year’s resolutions are. Whether it’s resolving to be a better person or quitting those bad habits, tennis players aren’t all that different from the rest of us.

    And just like Ryan Harrison, don’t we all want to just give up losing?

    John Isner: My New Year’s resolution is to never get frustrated at any situation in 2014.

    Stanislas Wawrinka: I’m so happy with my year 2013 and I hope that 2014 will be as exciting as this year. I’m very motivated going into this season, and hope that I can do well again, win another title and go deep at the Masters 1000s, the Grand Slams and play well at my home events and in Davis Cup. Of course the most important thing is to remain healthy, and that’s also my main wish for me and my loved ones.

    Tommy Haas: My New Year’s resolution is to be more tolerant (laughs).

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  • Published On Dec 30, 2013
  • Daily Bagel: Team Elton John defeats Team Billie Jean King in WTT exhibition

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    The Daily Bagel is your dose of the interesting reporting, writing and quipping from around the Internet.

    • Video: A fun set of highlights from a World Team Tennis exhibition event featuring Andy Roddick, Venus Williams, Elton John and more.

    • Radek Stepanek was surprised to see Novak Djokovic on the bench during the all-important doubles rubber in the Davis Cup final. “Like leaving a Ferrari in a garage,” he said. That would explain this quickly deleted tweet from Tomas Berdych during the team dinner, which Djokovic reportedly did not attend.

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  • Published On Nov 18, 2013
  • Daily Bagel: Andy Murray recalls his jitters during final game at Wimbledon

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    The Daily Bagel is your dose of the interesting reporting, writing and quipping from around the Internet.

    • Video: On The Jonathan Ross Show, Andy Murray recounts that final game of the Wimbledon final: “Yeah, I was s******g myself.”

    • Janko Tipsarevic is doubtful for Serbia in this weekend’s Davis Cup final. That just ramps up the pressure on Novak Djokovic.

    • Rafael Nadal tweeted a photo with his long-lost brother (not really).

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  • Published On Nov 13, 2013
  • Davis Cup preview: Canada looks to top Djokovic-led Serbia to reach first final

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    Novak Djokovic shakes hands with Vasek Pospisil ahead of the Davis Cup semifinal. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

    The World Group semifinals and World Group Playoffs begin on Friday, and Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray, all fresh off playing in the U.S. Open, have each been tapped for their respective Davis Cup ties this weekend.

    In the most anticipated tie of the weekend, Canada travels to Serbia to try and upend a Djokovic-led home team for a chance to advance to their first Davis Cup final. Serbia has chosen an indoor clay court for the tie. Djokovic will open play on Friday against Vasek Pospisil (9:00 a.m. ET) and Canada’s No. 2, Milos Raonic, follows against Janko Tipsarevic.

    “I am tired and jet-lagged as I couldn’t get here before Wednesday, but I am fit now and we haven’t played at home in the Davis Cup for two years,” Djokovic said. “Hence I am as motivated and inspired as ever to play for my country in this team event.”

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  • Published On Sep 12, 2013
  • Report Card: U.S. Open grades

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    Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams

    Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams have each won two majors this year. (Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images; Al Bello/Getty Images)

    The Report Card hands out grades for the week in tennis. Here’s our review of the U.S. Open.

    Rafael Nadal: A-plus. Remember when a fresh-off-his-injury-break Nadal lost to Horacio Zeballos in the VTR Open final in Chile? That February tournament sure does seem like a lifetime ago. It’s hard to say which of Nadal’s jaw-dropping stats best encapsulates his incredible season. Is it his 22-0 record on his worst surface, hard courts? His tour-leading 10 titles, including two majors and five ATP Masters 1000s? Or the fact that he trails Novak Djokovic by only 120 points for the No. 1 ranking despite missing the Australian Open? No, I’m actually going with this: He’s made the final in 12 of 13 tournaments. Unstoppable.

    PRICE: U.S. Open the pinnacle of Nadal’s incredible comeback year

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  • Published On Sep 11, 2013
  • Photos: U.S. Open offbeat moments

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    Svetlana Kuznetsova attempts to remove a squirrel from the court during her third-round match. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

    The 2013 U.S. Open didn’t give us a nutty two weeks filled with consistently wacky results. But it did give us Svetlana Kuznetsova’s unfortunate squirrel-chasing uniform.

    Here are some more of our favorite photos from the zanier moments of the last Grand Slam tournament of the year. (Click here and here for more photos from the U.S. Open, and check out our fashion hits and misses — sorry, Sveta — from the first week.)

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  • Published On Sep 10, 2013
  • Photos: U.S. Open fashion misses

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    NEW YORK — Everyone wants to look their best at the last Grand Slam tournament of the year. Unfortunately, a few players were undone by their kit sponsors, who either didn’t do enough or simply did too much with their designs and color choices for the U.S. Open.

    Why anyone wants to make Caroline Wozniacki look like an astronaut or Svetlana Kuznetsova look like a roll of Life Savers is beyond me.

    Here are some of the fashion misses from the tournament. (Click here for fashion hits.)

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  • Published On Aug 30, 2013
  • Video: Fabio Fognini bows out gracelessly at Western & Southern Open

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    MASON, Ohio — There are two Fabio Fogninis. There’s the clever player who made three consecutive ATP finals and won his first two career titles last month, climbing to a career-high No. 16. And then there’s the flighty, checked-out player who made an appearance at the Western & Southern Open on Monday.

    Fognini gave away his first-round match without making his opponent hit a single ball in the final game. The Italian essentially broke his own serve to hand Radek Stepanek a 6-2, 6-4 victory.

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  • Published On Aug 13, 2013


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