. 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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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), […]
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 article breaks down the Australian Open draw a little differently. Part 2 – Those veterans who haven’t said their last word The trend started in 2012. They should […]
Just like I did with the Wimbledon draw last year, and since I’m a little tired of conventional draw breaking and of the focus on the top guns, I will do something a little different once more. From the young guns to watch to the veterans who haven’t said their last word, with […]
After missing the last six months due to a knee injury, Rafael Nadal was set to make his very awaited comeback at the Abu Dhabi exhibition tournament. However, a twist in the plot came in the form of a stomach virus, which forced him to withdraw from the event. His presence in Doha, next […]
When the Australian Open announced a new series of improvements two and a half months ago, this included another historical prize money increase, which hadn’t been broken down just then. This Thursday, tournament director Craig Tiley and Tennis Australia made the breakdown announcement. After discussions with both the ATP and the WTA, the […]
There is a reason the Australian Open is called “the Happy Slam”. It might not always be obvious for those of us who have to stay up all night to watch matches, or wish to travel to the tournament but can’t due to the immense cost of going Down Under. But it is, really, […]
It was the longest final in Grand Slam history. For 5:53, both Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic gave an epic battle, one of those everyone will remember for a long, long time. Of course, I could be funny and say that if you take out the incredibly long time both players take before serving, it […]
Yesterday, I chose consciously not to preview either of the men’s semi-finals. After all, what is to be said that hasn’t already been said countless times before? For instance, we knew that the bottom half semi-final would be played much higher than in the shape or shots of the two players involved (Roger Federer and […]