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The Future Of The Game (Junior French...

The Future Of The Game (Junior French Open)

I admit it without shame: as much as I like the pro event in the Grand Slams, it’s the Junior part that ends up having me complaining about the lack of coverage. I think that, if you’ve been reading me for a while, you know that I almost more like discovering new talents than watching […]

Underestimated?

Underestimated?

There are some players who, despite their ranking, are often overlooked (sometimes even by major tournament organizers). They may not be the most flamboyant, or the most talented, but they are among the elite at what they are doing and they deserve the credit they are due.

The Man Of The Many Records

The Man Of The Many Records

  There’s this saying in French that applies very well to this post: à tout seigneur, tout honneur. I wanted to talk about those veterans that, in view of first-round losses, were pushed to retirement by fans and some media alike, but the one veteran that captured everyone’s attention, today, is Roger Federer. Not talking […]

A Chat With Paola Suárez: Renewed Fit...

A Chat With Paola Suárez: Renewed Fitness And Argentina’s Next Generations

  By Sebastián Capristo   On her comeback tour right at the mythical Roland Garros, where she enjoyed glory four times with her historical partner Virginia Ruano Pascual, Paola Suárez is peaking and her confidence, visible.

It Was Close But Was Not To Be (This ...

It Was Close But Was Not To Be (This Time, At Least)

  Today was the first day of the French Open. Of course, we could talk at length about Juan Martín del Potro’s knee issues (and I am of those who are quite preoccupied by it), or by Andy Roddick losing to Nicolas Mahut (no, Roddick is not finished, yes, he’s still upset when he loses, […]

First Round Matches (And Players) To ...

First Round Matches (And Players) To Follow (Sunday)

  I think that, more often than not, it’s pretty obvious this blog doesn’t necessarily keep watch on the top players, although it ends up doing so during bigger events, as they are the ones who usually reach the furthest stages of them. That’s why we rejoice in the first rounds of Grand Slams, for […]

Eight Men, One Woman, Same Fate: Toug...

Eight Men, One Woman, Same Fate: Tough Draw

    The French Open is starting tomorrow, and with the draw coming out yesterday, the first thing I noticed was how bad the draw was for the Argentinean players. Well, the same can be said about the Colombians, as there are two in the main draw (Santiago Giraldo and Alejandro Falla) and the draw […]

Confidence Restored?

Confidence Restored?

I remember writing it last year: there is not one challenge that Rafael Nadal sets himself that he doesn’t overcome. His challenge, since April 2011, but especially since Rome 2011, has been to finally overcome Novak Djokovic. Credit to the Serbian for denting so the confidence of such a mental giant as Nadal. It takes […]

German Hail, Italian Whine, Nice Rain...

German Hail, Italian Whine, Nice Rained Out

It is safe to say that today has been one of the freakiest days of the season so far, as the day in every tournament on schedule has seen matches postponed due to the weather conditions. If, in Düsseldorf, it was only the end of the last match of the day (the doubles match between […]

Australian Open – A Battle For ...

Australian Open – A Battle For The Ages

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 […]

Australian Open – Further Than ...

Australian Open – Further Than The Rivalry

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 […]

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 […]

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