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Kei Nishikori And Mike Bryan Make His...

Kei Nishikori And Mike Bryan Make History

  In the wee hours of the day on this side of the planet, the tournaments in Tokyo and Beijing reached their conclusion, and two of the finals that were played wrote new pages in the history books, with the wins of Kei Nishikori (in Tokyo) and Mike Bryan (in Beijing).

Shanghai Rolex Masters – Intere...

Shanghai Rolex Masters – Interesting Draw

    The semi-finals have been completed in Tokyo and Beijing, the biggest surprise being Canadian Milos Raonic saving two match points to pull the upset against Andy Murray. Meanwhile, the main draw has been sorted in Shanghai, and we can only say that it will be an interesting tournament to follow, despite the absence […]

And So We Meet Again

And So We Meet Again

    Last time they met, it was a very anticipated round-of-16 match at the U.S. Open, which had the fans of the best ranked of the two trembling and which ended up by a comprehensive beat down. In fact, every time the draw made them square off became an event. In the Rakuten Open […]

What You Can Do, I Can, Too

What You Can Do, I Can, Too

  At the end of last week, Juan Mónaco and Richard Gasquet were still tied in the Race, having both won the tournament in which they were entered. Both had a chance to inch a little higher with the first-round defeat of Nicolás Almagro. It seemed a pretty easy task for Gasquet, who was facing […]

Janko Tipsarevic Overcomes His Bête N...

Janko Tipsarevic Overcomes His Bête Noire

    There were still two first-round matches to be completed at the Rakuten Open, and both featured players who took part in last weekend’s finals, in Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok, a nice gesture by the tournament organisers to give an extra day’s rest to those players, whereas those who were in Beijing had to […]

Bad News For David Ferrer

Bad News For David Ferrer

  David Ferrer is having a dream season. Very close to a qualification for the ATP World Tour Finals (WTF), first after last week for the number of wins to date (62), second for the number of titles (5) and the number of finals (6), all was going well and he had a very good […]

Huge Upset In Beijing

Huge Upset In Beijing

 

Dream Come True For Mónaco (The Trium...

Dream Come True For Mónaco (The Triumph Of Hard Work)

    He fell flat on his back out of sheer happiness, started to cry with joy, which he did all the way to sitting back in his chair after climbing in the stands for a very emotional hug with his team.   Juan Mónaco had not only just logged his best career title at […]

Right Place, Wrong Time

Right Place, Wrong Time

The Barcelona Open final made me think a lot about the injustice of being David Ferrer in the actual tennis world. Sunday’s final was the fourth the gritty Spaniard was playing in the Catalan city. All four times, his opponent was Rafael Nadal, and all four times, including this one, he fought a mighty fight […]

This Week In A Few Names

This Week In A Few Names

I got back from three wonderful weeks in Argentina yesterday, including the best tournament I’ve ever attended/covered, but this doesn’t mean that Copa Claro notwithstanding, I haven’t followed, at least a little, what has been going on in the tennis world. Of course, I followed mostly the tournaments of Acapulco and Dubaï, albeit via scoreboard […]

Underdog Final

Underdog Final

They were not favourites to get this far. To be honest, facing Juan Martín del Potro and David Ferrer, it was quite impossible to see them in any other way than underdogs, even though both have played an incredible tournament in spite of a very unfavourable draw. Yet the Valencia Open title will be fought […]

A Definite Davis Cup Feeling

A Definite Davis Cup Feeling

The semi-finals of the Valencia Open, which will be played tomorrow, cannot be closer than the last moments we’ll live this tennis season, except perhaps because only two of the protagonists have the chance to meet at that moment. And yet, this week, they can only meet in Sunday’s final.

23rd Take Of A Very Lopsided Rivalry

23rd Take Of A Very Lopsided Rivalry

Funny how the tournament I’m following the most is the one I write the least about but it is because somehow, what is happening in Basel makes it easier to write about, whether it is Murray’s bottom (about which I just refuse to write for fear of starting to make backside puns again), Nole’s mask […]

The Return Of The Djoker

The Return Of The Djoker

Novak Djokovic played today his first match since his five-week layoff caused by a bad back injury. However, he only started training seriously last week and it showed quite a bit against a very inspired Xavier Malisse, that Djokovic defeated with great difficulty 6-2 4-6 7-5, in the first round of the Basel Open.   […]

Loaded Swiss Field

Loaded Swiss Field

The impression that I had when I saw the draw of the Swiss Indoors Basel (which I call the Basel Open to make short) is really that of an immensely loaded field. Three of ATP’s Fab Four are there (Rafa Nadal being the only one of the Incredible Foursome missing), five top 10 players, nine […]

Big Week Coming

Big Week Coming

After two weeks of ATP250 tournaments, we are nearing the end of the season, with the last ATP500 tournaments in Basel and Valencia, then the last Masters 1000 in Paris (week of 7 November) and, finally, the ATP World Tour Finals in London (week of 20 November) and the Davis Cup final (2-4 December).   […]

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