Tag Archive: Christopher Johnson journalist

how Roger can avoid retirement

—   At age 37, Roger Federer looked tired, lacking spring in his legs. He was missing his spots on serve, shanking returns into the net, and even flubbing easy volleys. When this… Continue reading

Nick Kyrgios: the evolution of tennis?

  Is this the Nick Kyrgios tennis fans have been hoping for? He’s one of the hottest players on tour in 2017, beating Novak Djokovic in Acapulco and Indian Wells and testing Roger… Continue reading

How to play — and beat — ROGER FEDERER

  Roger Federer is often compared with a ballerina. He’s graceful. He floats. His matches are a Master Class. Imagine playing him. You’d call him the Swiss Assassin, not the Swiss Maestro.  … Continue reading

Slammin’ Stan wins US Open

  —- When you’ve won 11 of your last finals, including 3 slams, it’s no longer a fluke. Stan Wawrinka, who won the 2014 Australian, 2015 French and 2016 US Opens, now only… Continue reading

Djokovic wins French Open — sun comes out

                                (images copyright Christopher Johnson all rights reserved)  

Novak’s strength: exploiting Roger’s weakness

Like other sports, tennis often boils down to who can use their strengths to take best advantage of an opponent’s weakness. When Novak Djokovic needed a crucial point in the Wimbledon final, he… Continue reading

How adversity can be Bouchard’s best teacher

Adversity can be the best teacher. It builds character and soul. Grow up poor and disadvantaged, and you learn to fight your way out of it. Get stepped on enough, and you learn… Continue reading

Michelangelo and the Roman statues of Roger Federer

Imagine how Michelangelo would view Roger Federer playing at the Italian Open in Rome. He might see him as a work of art, standing above the crowd. He might see him as a… Continue reading

ROGERS CUP PREVIEW: Novak Djokovic reveals the secrets of his inner world

    In another sport, say soccer or hockey, Novak Djokovic would be the world’s most popular player. He would be revered for his endurance, his fluency in five languages, and his will to… Continue reading

8 ways that Bouchard can attain her “Dream of Genie” and win a slam final

Genie Bouchard had just been routed by Petra Kvitova in the Wimbledon final. Bouchard sat down, put her jacket on, and reflected on her 6-3, 6-0 loss, her historic road to reaching a… Continue reading