Author: Prashanth Nair (Prashanth Nair)

Marat Safin: The Inconvenient Legend
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Marat Safin: The Inconvenient Legend

From now on, if we think about him, probably before his down the line backhand, the first image coming to our mind would be a Marat Safin half asleep on a bench in Melbourne after a brave night just before the Australian Open final he naturally lost, or better didn’t effectively play, against a thanking Thomas Johansson....

The return of the tainted Idol : Maria Sharapova
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The return of the tainted Idol : Maria Sharapova

It is an easy conclusion to draw, classifying every athlete found guilty of doping as a cheat, who probably shouldn’t be welcomed back into their sport even after a ban is spent. It is even easier; to forever thereafter furrow your brow at the mere mention of the athlete’s name. Much harder, is to delineate...

BNP Paribas Open 2017: Roger Federer v Jack Sock Match Preview
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BNP Paribas Open 2017: Roger Federer v Jack Sock Match Preview

Jack Sock is getting quite the workout at the BNP Paribas Open, with all four of his matches stretching to three sets on his way to the semi-finals. The 24-year-old American notched his biggest singles victory yet with a 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 quarterfinal win over Kei Nishikori on Friday. Sock finally broke through against a...

David Goffin: The art of late blooming
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David Goffin: The art of late blooming

Having turned 26 in December, referring to David Goffin as a rising star may seem unusual, but the diminutive Belgian represents a growing trend across the entire men’s game where players are reaching their peak late in their careers. Goffin sits at a career high ranking of 10 in the world after a highly impressive couple of seasons....

Untamed by fame: The legend of Andy Roddick
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Untamed by fame: The legend of Andy Roddick

Andy Roddick can be defined in 3 words: Entertainer, competitor, philanthropist. When he walked on to the court there was some presence about him, an aura and the aura was of a man who wanted to win and not of someone who was to be pushed around. So when he decided to hang up his...

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: The Swagger That Slays
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic: The Swagger That Slays

Zlatan Ibrahimovic had been the talk of the Premier League even before he kicked a ball. The name Zlatan means the golden one – and unlike most, has rung true to his own nature. You can take the boy out of Rosengård but you cannot take Rosengård out of the boy. These words are written at the...

How Roger Federer set the ball rolling
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How Roger Federer set the ball rolling

There was an unusual sense of uncertainty surrounding Roger Federer heading into Australian Open 2017. He’d been missing from competition for six months in the second half of last year. He didn’t play a tour-level event before arriving in the beautiful city of Melbourne. First two matches of the tournament, he was all scrappy and scratchy...

Roger Federer: The David who was once a Goliath
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Roger Federer: The David who was once a Goliath

Roger Federer showed the real definition of blitzkrieg to long-time rival, Tomas Berdych as he stormed into the fourth round with a vintage performance at the Australian Open 2017. The 17-time Grand Slam champion, seeded 17th after an injury-hit 2016, downed the 10th-seeded Czech 6-2, 6-4, 6-4, in just about 90 minutes. Nobody could blame Tomas...

Wizards at Work: Dimitri Payet and Riyad Mahrez
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Wizards at Work: Dimitri Payet and Riyad Mahrez

The Premier League has given us many memorable battles over the years, and some of them have become stuff of legends, like Viera versus Scholes or Gerrard versus Lampard. The unpredictability of the league, and the stars who play in it is what makes it so special, so engaging. This season has been no different,...

Decoding the Louis Van Gaal Philosophy and Process
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Decoding the Louis Van Gaal Philosophy and Process

Louis Van Gaal (LVG) would have been the perfect actor chosen by Christopher Nolan if he had to make a movie and one had vouch their life for it. The basic requirements to feature in a Nolan movie is that the person has to be someone rigid, stubborn and more significantly just go with the flow...