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Australian Open – Quarter-Final...

Australian Open – Quarter-Finals: Who Will Join Fedal?

The bottom half semi-finalists are known since early this morning and what’s left for us to know is who will join Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal (I will get back on their quarter-final matches tomorrow). Will we have a perfect four again or will David Ferrer and/or Kei Nishikori hop in the mix?

Australian Open – May The Quart...

Australian Open – May The Quarters Begin!

The last eight are known and except for one huge surprise, we cannot say that they have really been unpredictable.   As I had decided to take a day off yesterday (it happens), today will be an overview of the quarter-finals, including round-of-16 match recap, starting with the bottom half, as they are the first […]

Australian Open – Day 6 Wrap-Up: Grit...

Australian Open – Day 6 Wrap-Up: Grit, Heart, And A Huge Surprise

If Novak Djokovic (1), Andy Murray (4), David Ferrer (5), and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (6) more or less cruised through their respective matches to make it to the last 16, the sixth day of action at the Australian Open brought us a big surprise with the demise of Gaël Monfils (14), and another one with the ease with which Richard Gasquet (17) […]

Australian Open – FINE!

Australian Open – FINE!

Like most tennis fans, I have lost count of all the injuries that have been plaguing both Tours since the beginning of the season, and the situation did not improve since the beginning of the Australian Open.   However, another plague has touched the first Grand Slam of the season, which is really, with all […]

Australian Open – Day 5 Wrap-Up: The ...

Australian Open – Day 5 Wrap-Up: The Future Of The Game?

There was a lot of action in the first half of the third round tonight and if the first few matches were, I must say, a little boring, the match of the day really delivered as far as the show and quality of the play was concerned. However, the match between Bernard Tomic and Alexandr Dolgopolov (15) […]

Sometimes The End Is Just The Beginni...

Sometimes The End Is Just The Beginning

The second round of the Australian Open finished as the sun was slowly rising over my home, on the sad note of Andy Roddick’s retirement during his match with Lleyton Hewitt. Despite the excitement, despair, rage, exhilaration, and all the other feelings that this second round has brought me over the last two days, I […]

Australian Open – Matches To Follow (...

Australian Open – Matches To Follow (Day 4)

The fourth day of action of the Australian Open will start shortly. There are quite a few potentially good matches to follow again today and I will then give all my attention (or most of it) to the following (plus Andy Murray’s match, but that is just the fan speaking):

Australian Open – Day 3 Wrap-Up: Cran...

Australian Open – Day 3 Wrap-Up: Crankiness, Injustice, And Rage

If I could describe in only one word the third day of action at the Australian Open, it would definitely be “eventful”. Many things have occured during (and after) the matches, some very good, but a lot, sadly, not good at all. From Mardy Fish’s crankiness and utter lack of class to Marcos Baghdatis’s racquet […]

Australian Open – A Player To D...

Australian Open – A Player To Discover

At every Grand Slam, there are surprises, players to discover or rediscover, veterans getting a second wind, and youngsters who are pushing to make a name for themselves on both Tours. One of them is a young woman who is not known except by those who have been following juniors for quite some time and […]

Australian Open – Day 2 Wrapup: Bagel...

Australian Open – Day 2 Wrapup: Bagels And The Lendl Effect

If the first day of the Australian Open was definitely the day of the five-setters, the second was, without a doubt, the day of the bagels, when no less than 20 bagels were fed to several rather unlucky opponents.   In fact, the match I followed the closest at the beginning of the day was […]

Australian Open – Matches To Follow (...

Australian Open – Matches To Follow (Day 2)

The second day is close to starting in Melbourne and as I did yesterday, here are the matches that I will watch or, at least, follow as closely as possible if they can’t be seen:

Australian Open – Day 1 Wrapup:...

Australian Open – Day 1 Wrapup: The Five-Setter Day And The Rising Star

If there is one thing that we can say about the first day of the Australian Open, it is that it was all but boring. High drama, incredible shotmaking, Australian heat and tricky conditions were part of what the day brought us, along with a few upsets, some more surprising than others. The first day […]

Australian Open – Matches To Fo...

Australian Open – Matches To Follow (Day 1)

The first Grand Slam of the season starts shortly and not only are the expectation and anticipation at very high levels, there are also a huge amount of matches to follow, on both men’s and women’s sides, and an all-nighter is pretty much in the works for many tennis fans, as a lot of the […]

Australian Open – Breaking Down...

Australian Open – Breaking Down The Draw (Part 2)

Yesterday, I started my draw analysis with the players from the bottom half of the draw, who begin playing today. Meanwhile, we learned that Florian Mayer (20) has withdrawn due to a hip injury, that Rafael Nadal is tired of being the voice of the players’ grievances, that Juan Martín del Potro understands the reaction to […]

Australian Open – Breaking Down...

Australian Open – Breaking Down The Draw (Part 1) – Edited Due To Withdrawal

The first Grand Slam tournament of the year starts in the early evening Sunday for us and as the singles draw was made on Friday morning (Australian time), taking an extra day for analysis (I admit, out of sheer laziness) gave me time to see who qualified and where they fell in the draw, thus […]

Getting Ready For The Oz (Part 3 With...

Getting Ready For The Oz (Part 3 With A Bit Of Picspam)

Some play warm-up tournaments to get some matches in just the week before the first Grand Slam of the season, others get ready by playing exhibition tournaments, and the rest (those who are not nursing injuries, of course, a sad reality these days) is practising and getting familiar with the courts in Melbourne, or fighting […]

Following The Qualifications

Following The Qualifications

There are few tournaments who work as hard to bring the tennis closer to the public as the Australian Tour tournaments. From the Brisbane International, who offered us (although not in Australia) the possibility to watch full matches after they were completed, to all of them adding tons of press conferences and highlights on their […]

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