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Roger Federer career in rankings and wins

Professional tennis player Roger Federer won his 20th Grand Slam title recently. He’s in year 20 of his career, and over time, he rose, he dominated, he declined, and he came back. Schweizer Radio and Fernsehen visualized Federer’s achievements over the years and compared him to other tennis stars in the process. It reminds me of the Serena Williams piece by The Los Angeles Times a while back. This one...

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Serena Williams, greatest of all time

Serena Williams, who plays tonight in the U.S. Open semifinal, might be the greatest tennis player of all time. Kyle Kim for the Los Angeles Times provides a numbers rundown to make the case. Tags: Serena Williams, sports, tennis

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Maps to understand tennis

Damien Saunder, a cartographer at ESRI, likes to use mapping methods to evaluate tennis player patterns and tendencies. When I look at tennis, I see it moving on a grid. I see space and x/y coordinates [position] and I see z values [height], and I see trajectories of the balls, and space opening up. I started GameSetMap to try and educate people of the value of mapping where people are...

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Be a tennis line judge: Interactive tests your skills

The job of a tennis line judge can be though when you have to judge the difference of a few millimeters as a ball speeds by. Sure, it's easy to complain about bad calls at home, where we get to see replays in slow motion, but it's more challenging in real life. The Wall Street Journal provides a bit of the experience with an interactive game. Watch video clips from...

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See a 150mph tennis serve to your face

Hawk-Eye is a collection of technologies that allows high-granularity sports tracking, most notably in tennis. It's similar to what we see with basketball, football, soccer, and basically every sport where a lot of money is on the line. That means there's a lot of data to analyze gameplay these days. The New York Times uses Hawk-Eye data to examine the serve. More specifically, they look at the fastest serve in...

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