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Paul Macpherson

From The Editor

For tennis purists, the Roland Garros-Wimbledon swing is as good as it gets. After the dust settled last year the events read like a movie script: Rafael Nadal becomes the first man in 30 years to claim the French-Wimbledon double by denying Roger Federer a sixth straight Wimbledon crown in perhaps the greatest match ever.

Incredibly, this year's storylines could be even more compelling. After Roger Federer took out Nadal in the final of Madrid - where Novak Djokovic also held three match points against the Spaniard - Nadal could face his toughest challenge yet in Paris as he chases a record fifth straight title. At Wimbledon, will tennis fans be blessed with another Federer-Nadal final? Or could Andy Murray break the British title drought? We examine all the angles.

And learn more about France's quiet achiever and Top 10 member Gilles Simon. Plus, read what drives Chinese Taipei's first Top 100 player, Yen-Hsun 'Rendy' Lu.

As always, I welcome your comments emailed to content@atpworldtour.com.

Enjoy!

Paul Macpherson
Managing Editor, DEUCE Magazine

In This Issue

Roger Federer

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Roger Federer: Grand Slam Man

Melbourne’s tears of anguish are now Paris’ tears of joy. And reports of Roger Federer’s decline have been greatly exaggerated.

Rafael Nadal

PLAYERS

Solving The Rafa Riddle

Rafael Nadal has suffered just five clay-court losses in five years. As the four-time defending champion returns to Roland Garros, are there lessons to be learned from those defeats? Or is the Spaniard a lock to again go all the way in Paris?

Gilles Simon

PLAYERS

The Art Of Defence

Think French tennis and the flamboyance and creativity of Noah, Santoro, Tsonga, Monfils and Gasquet readily come to mind. But in a land where playing style is not so much issued as created, Gilles Simon has found that there is a place for defence.

Yen-Hsun Lu

PLAYERS

Be Not Afraid of Growing Slowly

Fulfilling the dream of his late father to become Chinese Taipei’s first Top 100 player, Yen-Hsun Lu has been equally motivated by the need to use tennis to provide for his family. His journey has not been without its hardships.

Strokes Of Genius

FEATURES

Strokes Of Genius - The Greatest Match Ever Played

In his new book "Strokes of Genius: Federer, Nadal and the Greatest Tennis Match Ever Played," Sports Illustrated tennis writer Jon Wertheim uses the 2008 Wimbledon final to reflect on a defining sporting event, two exceptional athletes, and the state of the sport.

Ullyett and Soares

FEATURES

Basic Instincts

For a 20-year ATP World Tour veteran with traditional doubles instincts, teaming with a partner who anchors himself to the baseline has been a game changer. But Kevin Ullyett's new partnership with Bruno Soares has given both players a fresh perspective.

James Blake

FEATURES

The Last Time... With James Blake

James Blake talks about the last time he cooked for himself, he met his childhood hero, he played a match no one watched and when celebrity helped him.

Frederico Gil

DEPARTMENTS

In Gil They Trust

ON THE RISE... Frederico Gil has streamlined his lifestyle to become Portugal's highest-ever ranked player. He has also single-handedly renewed interest in the sport in his homeland.

Hewitt 500 match wins

DEPARTMENTS

Scoreboard & Calendar

Can anyone stop Rafael Nadal? That is the question on every tennis fan’s lips at Roland Garros, where the mighty Spaniard chases an unprecedented fifth straight Coupe des Mousquetaires.

Greg Sharko

DEPARTMENTS

Shark Bites

ATP World Tour stats and information guru Greg Sharko takes a special look at Rafael Nadal as the Spaniard chases a fifth Roland Garros title.

Videos

Rotterdam 2009 - Love For Rafa

The women at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam explain their reason for loving ATP World Tour Champion Rafael Nadal. Watch Live Rotterdam Web Stream

Dubai 2009 - Murray's Maiden Voyage

No. 2 seed Andy Murray made his maiden voyage aboard a luxury yacht off the coastline of Dubai on Sunday. Click here to Watch Live and for Full Match Downloads. Video courtesy TennisTV.com

Johannesburg 2009 - Ferrer Tames Lions

David Ferrer visited the Lion and Rhino Nature Reserve, a World Heritage Site, during the SA Tennis Open. Video courtesy SuperSport.

Johannesburg 2009 - Baghdatis Visits Apartheid Museum

Marcos Baghdatis visted the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg during the SA Tennis Open. Video Courtesy SuperSport.

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