Last year, when the 2012 calendar became known, many were those (including yours truly) who thought that the top players who will have qualified for the ATP World Tour Finals (WTF) prior to the start of the BNP Paribas Masters would either pull out or not last long in Bercy. We were not […]
The round-of-16 of the BNP Paribas Masters put an end to the Race to determine which players will take part in the ATP World Tour Finals (WTF), which start next Monday in London. By defeating Nicolás Almagro 7-6(4) 7-6(3), Jo-Wilfried Tsonga ended the last possibility for him or Janko Tipsarevic not to enter […]
If Tuesday brought little surprises at the Paris-Bercy Masters 1000, except the upset of 13th seed Marin Cilic, Wednesday was more active in this regard, as three seeds were ousted, and one of them in the most bizarre way possible.
There are some up-and-comers we hear about even before they make the jump to the pros, others who had brilliant Junior careers and don’t fulfil their promises at the next level. There are also players who did well in the Juniors, took time to develop, in the shadows, and someday explode, but remain […]
One celebrated the biggest accomplishment of her young career, while the other tasted a bit of very sour medicine. One saved four match points, while the other lost five. The last day of the Asian Swing brought mixed fortunes for the British players.
The Shanghai Rolex Masters quarter-finals were completed this Friday, and set a rare combination of semi-finals between the top four seeds for this season. The only other time it happened in either a Masters 1000 or a Grand Slam, this year, was at the Australian Open. However, it was only fitting that the […]
Two players reached important milestones this Thursday at the Shanghai Rolex Masters. In fact, one player reached it, while the other ensured himself to reach it no matter what happens in the matches left for the tournament.
They had very little rest time, having had to play their first-round match on Tuesday after a long final on Sunday and the trip from Tokyo to Shanghai, and it showed today, as both Kei Nishikori and Milos Raonic were ousted in the second round of the Shanghai Rolex Masters, the most important […]
John Isner is a player who must be getting used to being one half of an epic match (his opponent being the other). Today, he was once again involved in one of those matches of which the result is a rare, and rather exceptional, feat.
If the two ATP500 events of last week finally put an end to the Race tie between Juan Mónaco and Richard Gasquet, who are now five points apart in favour of the Argentine, the Masters 1000 of Shanghai will be just as determining for the players who are still in contention for a spot […]
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).
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 […]
He hasn’t always been the most convincing during this Rogers Cup. In fact, he hasn’t been convincing since the end of the French Open, but he remains one of the best players in the world and it’s not for nothing. The defending champion has remained the last top 4 standing, when one was […]
When he underwent two surgeries (hip and elbow) a month apart in the beginning of 2010, at the age of 31, many were those who deemed that the career of former World no 2 Tommy Haas was coming to en end. After all, haven’t we seen players like Guga Kuerten and Fernando González unable […]
It spoiled many days in Wimbledon and at the Olympics, and now it’s crossed the Atlantic with the players to settle in Toronto and Montreal. Apparently, rain likes tennis lately. The problem is that tennis doesn’t like rain, but not at all. If two of the Grand Slams have a roofed Centre […]
All the players who took part in the later stages of the Olympic Games had to face, in a very short time span, the woes of going from grass to hard courts. For instance, those who competed in the men’s doubles finals and Bronze medal match finished on Saturday, and had little to […]
Since yesterday, I have seen two players being accused of tanking their opening match at the Masters 1000 of Toronto, and I can’t stand there without saying anything, especially after having seen both matches, and knowing where both players come from.
When the official press release from the ATP came out yesterday in the early afternoon, the news rejoiced many (including yours truly): no blue clay in 2013.
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 […]
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 […]