Best of Five: Federer recapturing Spirit of '08 with August push?
Your Best of Five with one week left until the U.S. Open:
Last week, as the Tennis Republic debated whether Federer was fading or the rest of the field had caught his heels, the Swiss master cranked it up again and took the title in Cincinnati. With Nadal looking mortal on fast hard court -- struggling all week and falling to
The real sadness: Montreal, apart from being one of the truly great cities in North America, does a tremendous job supporting tennis and a delightful and first-rate event. Of all the fans of the circuits, the good folks in Quebec deserve better. Maybe next year. They could start by doing everything to ensure Ivanovic is in the draw.
Is this a statistical fluke? Is it the technology few have the guts, will or political capital to confront? Is it the court surfaces? Is it the demands of playing without a day of rest in oven-like conditions? I don't know. What I do know is that if I were running a purported union in which the employees were so frequently injured on the job, I'd be a lot angrier and a lot more proactive in seeking answers and explanations.