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Time and place for the dreaded asterisk

Updated: February 19, 2010, 5:14 PM ET
By James Martin, TENNIS.com

Do you want to get tennis fans riled up like Johnny Mac after a bad line call? There's an easy way to do it: Simply pick a popular player and slap an asterisk next to his or her record and make an argument that diminishes this player's accomplishments. Then wait for the fireworks to begin.

We were reminded of the incendiary nature of the "asterisk argument" when TENNIS.com's Peter Bodo recently posted a blog about Roger Federer's head-to-head record against Rafael Nadal. Bodo believes that ...

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