Young Grigor Dimitrov (pics)

For readers who haven’t yet seen any of these, we took some pics of a very young Grigor Dimitrov with a very young Vasek Pospisil at the 2007 U.S. Open, where they reached the doubles final together.

Pospisil had just turned 17; Dimitrov had turned 16 in May. But he was the hotter prospect; to go with the ITF rules about doubles teams being essentially matchy-matchy, he had to lend Pospisil some of his adidas shirts.

Here are some pics of that final. All together how: Awwwwwwwww.

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Genie’s rising ranking (and bank account)

MELBOURNE – Not only is Genie Bouchard making a major splash at this year’s Australian Open, she’s also vaulting up the rankings.

That’s what you can do in a Grand Slam, with all the ranking points at stake – if you can do what she’s done.

Think about it: a year ago at this time Bouchard was ranked No. 145, played the qualifying here, and lost in two tiebreaks in the second round of qualies to former junior rival Daria Gavrilova, who is a month younger than she is.

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Oz Day 8 – dubs, oldsters, Genie and Daniel

MELBOURNE – Less than a day after making the quarterfinals in singles, Genie Bouchard was to be back on court today – twice – in the third round of the women’s doubles and the first round of the mixed with Aussie Sam Groth. She and partner Vera Dushevina lost the doubles. And she pulled out of the mixed.

Daniel Nestor also had a doubleheader, in men’s doubles and in mixed with Kristina Mladenovic. And he was 2-for-2.

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