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Novak Djokovic and the 54-Shot Rallie...

Novak Djokovic (Getty Images)

. Among the various impressive points that yesterday’s U.S. Open final has given us, one of them had been labelled by some “the longest rally of all-time”, a 54-shot rally with Novak Djokovic leading Rafael Nadal 3-2 in the second set, and which gave the Serbian his first break of the set. However, was it […]

Nadal vs Djokovic, Chapter XXXVII ...

Nadal vs Djokovic XXXVII

The first ball of the 37th meeting between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will be hit shortly after 17:00 today, in Flushing Meadows, as this Monday marks the end of the U.S. Open. For the occasion, we should be treated to another battle royale between the two best players in the world. An Open Era […]

Lots of Positives for Wawrinka

Heartfelt, smiley hug between two great players after an intense battle

After his crushing round-of-16 loss to the hands of Novak Djokovic, in Melbourne, Stanislas Wawrinka could be seen barely able to contain bitter tears of deception on court, even as Djokovic was exuberantly celebrating his epic triumph. Wawrinka had given all he had, and came up short, very late in the fifth set. Today’s U.S. […]

U.S. Open Semis – Stars Against...

Can Wawrinka and Gasquet prevent another meeting between Dajokovic and Nadal? 
(Original photos: Getty Images; Montage: BATennis World)

The U.S. Open men’s semifinals will get under way, today, under the New York sun, at noon sharp, and will oppose the two best players in the world to two of the tournament’s surprises. [1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs [9] Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) Head-to-head: Djokovic leads 12-2 Last meeting: 2013 Australian Open, round-of-16 Djokovic won […]

Roger Federer: “I kind of feel ...

Still an image we are not used to seeing so early in Grand Slams...

A wave of shock hit the tennis world yesterday when, after a very lengthy rain delay, former World n°1 Roger Federer was knocked out of the U.S. Open by 19th seed Tommy Robredo, 7-6(3) 6-3 6-4, in the round-of-16. It is not so much the defeat in itself rather than the way it happened that […]

The Good Ol’ Rusty Hewitt

Juan Martín del Potro congratulates Lleyton Hewitt at the net. The veteran Aussie had just upset him.

When the U.S. Open draw was made and came out on 22 August, I made a bit of a bold prediction: Making a bold prediction: if Hewitt gets to Rd2, he’ll upset Delpo. — Caro Paquin (@caropaquin80) August 22, 2013 Yes, I knew that Juan Martín del Potro had wrist issues since the start of […]

James Blake Announces his Retirement

James Blake

When the USTA announced that James Blake was to give a press conference, today, at 11:45, everyone expected what was coming: a retirement. It was not long to be confirmed when the 33-year-old sat down with the media: “Everyone, I guess I don’t think I’m catching anyone by surprise by the e mails and calls […]

Opinion – First And Last Word O...

Nadal

The Wimbledon seeds came out yesterday, and to say that there have been upset people is an understatement. Why were some people upset? Because the tournament did not boost Rafael Nadal to being fourth seed, deciding to apply their formula to all the players. Before I go in depth as to why respecting the formula […]

Opinion – Apparently, Another G...

Andy Murray

  I do not wish to come back on the Australian Open final strictly in terms of analysis, and this for a simple reason: there would not be much to say but the usual clichés.   This said, I would like to sincerely congratulate Novak Djokovic on a very deserved sixth major, fourth Australian Open […]

Ready To Suffer

Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray

  The Australian Open men’s singles final will be the stage of the 18th meeting between Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, who have met seven times out of those previous 17 in 2012 only. Most of those seven meeting were long, gruelling matches, often going to the limit, not only in the number of sets, […]

Golden Era

Bob Bryan, Mike Bryan

  There is very little doubt it people’s minds that men’s tennis is currently in a golden era. When the men’s game has the best player of all times in Roger Federer, and the best clay court player of all times in Rafael Nadal, it is very difficult to think otherwise, especially since those two […]

Australian Open – Seven Familiar Face...

Jérémy Chardy

  The first semi-finalists of the Australian Open 2013 are known and if it is without surprise that Novak Djokovic almost “routined” Tomaš Berdych, with the exception of a dropped second set (6-1 4-6 6-1 6-4), David Ferrer has been led a more than merry chase by Nicolás Almagro, who not once, but three times […]

Australian Open – Seven Familia...

Nicolás Almagro

  The quarter-final matchups are now set for the 2013 Australian Open. From the 128 who started the main draw event a bit over a week ago, eight remain, and only one will be standing as the winner next Sunday.   If seven of the eight quarter-finalists are familiar faces, one of them is, without […]

Australian Open – Crushing

Photo: Getty Images via Zimbio

  Playing the match of your life and winning it is an exhilarating feeling. Ask Lukas Rosol or Jérémy Chardy about it. On the other hand, playing the match of your life, keeping things close for five hours and coming within reach of the biggest upset of your career, only to be denied, is crushing. […]

Australian Open – Day 5 Results...

Gilles Simon, Gaël Monfils

  The first week of the Australian Open is now a thing of the past and we had to wait until Day 6 to get the first huge surprise of the men’s singles draw.

Australian Open – Day 4 Roundup

Photo: AP/Tennis Australia, Fiona Hamilton

  It was a hot scorching day at Melbourne Park and with temperatures that reached 41°C, four matches (out of 16) went to the limit of five sets, one of which having for result a player getting back to the locker room, having a full body cramp, and ending up on a stretcher with an […]

Australian Open – Day 3 Roundup

Photo: AP

  First of all, I would like to apologise for not having done a roundup of Day 2. I will not say “It won’t happen again” because it is always possible that it will happen again before the end of the Australian Open.   Nevertheless, some very interesting things happened in the second day, including […]

Australian Open – Breaking Down Diffe...

Photo: AP

  Before the start of Day 1, I previewed what would be the heartbreak matches, and the popcorn encounters, of the top half, which started the tournament. I will repeat the exercise today, just before Day 2 begins. However, considering my prediction record for the first day, I will (try  to) refrain from making any.

Australian Open – Day 1 Roundup

Mikhail Youzhny

  It was an eventful first day at the Australian Open, where no less than 10 matches went to the limit of five sets, one seed fell, others trembled, and we already had our first (very) late night finish.   Let’s recap some of the day’s events.

Australian Open – Breaking Down...

Photo: AP

  From the young guns to watch to the veterans who haven’t said their last word, with a stop by the first-round heartbreaks, this three-part (and a half) article breaks down the Australian Open draw a little differently.   Part 3 – First-round heartbreaks and popcorn matches Like in every Grand Slam (and most tournaments), […]

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