Author: Syamantakshobhan Basu (Syamantakshobhan Basu)

The Clock is ticking for Raonic and Nishikori
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The Clock is ticking for Raonic and Nishikori

One of the features of the modern era of tennis is the dominance of the sport by the purported ‘Big Four’ of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. This dominance, stretching back to 2003 Wimbledon where Federer won his first Grand Slam, has turned them into a sort of ‘Four Horsemen of...

Time Reverses with the Flow of Federer’s Racquet
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Time Reverses with the Flow of Federer’s Racquet

In the face of the sublime, you are always left without expression. Writing about Roger Federer after this Wimbledon final is an arduous task. Over the course of a storied career, everything has been said and written about. The superlatives have run out, the eulogies become repetitive. And yet, Federer never seems to tire of...

Alexander the Great: Sascha Zverev’s Coming of Age
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Alexander the Great: Sascha Zverev’s Coming of Age

I first encountered the name Zverev in the year 2013, when Mischa Zverev played Roger Federer in a quarter-final on the greens of Halle. Zverev was given a pounding, losing 6-0, 6-0 to give Federer only the second double bagel of his career. Even for a Federer fan, it was an embarrassing sight. It would...