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Added January 3rd, 2011 by Ian

Rafael Nadal and Blanka Vlasic named athletes of the year

Everybody has an opinion when it comes to rating the best and worst of things and it’s no different for sports. The year 2010 featured a lot of excellent athletic events and performances throughout the world, especially with the Winter Olympic Games and World Cup of soccer taking place. However, when it came time for 515 journalists across the world to vote for the sportsman of the year, the award went to 24-year-old tennis player Rafael Nadal of Spain.

Nadal had an exceptional year as he became just the fourth male ever during the tennis open era to win the tennis grand slam after winning Wimbledon, the French Open, and the U.S. Open. He ended up getting 16 per cent of the vote from the 515 journalists while Argentine soccer player Lionel Messi came in second place and Spanish soccer player Andres Iniesta came in third. Messi and Iniests are teammates with Barcelona of Spain’s La Liga.

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Added December 24th, 2010 by Chalk

Gillette Cuts Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods no longer represents “The Best a Man Can Get,” at least according to the marketing bigwigs at Procter & Gambel. The corporation announced that as of December 31, its Gillette brand is cutting ties with the now World’s No. 2 golfer, as well as several soccer stars including Thierry Henry, Kaka, Rafa Marquez and Lionel Messi.

The marketing bigwigs seem to be trying not to burn bridges with Tiger, as their generally phasing out their Gillette Champions campaign. However, Gillette is still keeping New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, tennis champ Roger Federer, and Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin.

According to USA Today, Tiger still has endorsement deals with eight sponsors: Nike Golf; Upper Deck; EA Sports; Tag Heuer; NetJets; TLC Laser Eye Centers; Golf Digest and the Tiger Woods Dubai Resort. Tiger is still expected to clear between $55 million and $60 million from those endorsements in 2011.

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Added October 14th, 2010 by Jonas

Federer in Fedtastic Form

I admit it. I believed Federer would lose yesterday against Isner and so I placed a bet on that at 6 times my money. But when I tuned in to the match in the end of the first set I saw a Federer that reminded me of the old, dominating Fed Express. He looked Fedtastic and I realized I was about to lose a little money.

I did lose money in the end, but it was worth it just to see Federer play that kind of divine tennis that only he can play. It had everything, a hot dog shot where he ended up winning the point, blistering forehand winners, laser sharp serves, good returns, and an amazing running shot that nobody thought he would get to, deliciously angling the ball cross-court for the point. It was close to a perfect match for him and it was over before Isner knew what hit him, 6-3 6-4.

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Added October 13th, 2010 by Jonas

Nadal and Federer Might Lose, Djokovic Won’t

I just watched Soderling beat Tipsarevic in straight sets which is an indication that he is back to decent form after a few mediocre performances. This made me think of his chances in Shanghai and the draw in general, which in turn made me realize that both Federer and Nadal are in danger of losing today.

But back to Soderling. Indoor courts were always Soderlings surface. It plays fast, there are no strange bounces and the wind doesn’t upset his serve. This is the part of season where he should play his best tennis.

That hasn’t happened in the tournaments leading up to Shanghai Masters, but we saw some of the old Soderling today.

If he keeps up this play he will likely meet Federer in the quarterfinals. They seem destined to always meet there. It is rough for Soderling who loses 90% of the time, but it is also tough for Federer as Soderling always poses a threat – something we saw in Roland Garros.

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Added October 11th, 2010 by Jonas

Shanghai Masters: What is in the head of Fernando Verdasco? Tennis is about belief. About believing in your ability to win matches, to pass tests where you not really your best. It took Spaniard Fernando Verdasco some time to show the world he could compete with the absolute best, to win that belief. But when he plays with it, he is one of the most exciting players on tour

Added October 9th, 2010 by Jonas

Monfils Beats Roddick in Marathon Match…and More Gael Monfils is a fantastic player in some respects and a not so fantastic in others. He has an almost unique way of running down the impossible balls, sliding to it on a hard court, hitting it in an extremely unorthodox way and despite still having to run for another impossible shot, he wins the points. In short: he wins the impossible points.

Added October 3rd, 2010 by Jonas

Nadal’s Shock Defeat Everybody thought Nadal was going to cruise to victory in the Thailand Open, but the 53-ranked Guillermo Garcia-Lopez came in his way in the quarterfinals, beating the world number one 2-6, 7-6 (3), 6-3.

Added September 17th, 2010 by Jonas

Davis Cup Semifinals After the Grand Slam season we head straight into the Davis Cup action with the semifinals to be played this weekend. Serbia is playing the Czech Republic at home and France is welcoming Argentina to Lyon.

Added September 16th, 2010 by Jonas

Nadal Sets His Sight On World Tour Finals There is only one big tournament left for Nadal to win and that is the ATP World Tour Finals. This year might very well be the time for him.

Added September 14th, 2010 by Jonas

Nadal The Greatest of All Time? Nadal won US Open to complete his Career slam after beating Novak Djokovic in four sets. Can the Spaniard become the greatest player of all time?