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Bye Bye, Smurf Clay!

Bye Bye, Smurf Clay!

    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.

Man In Blue

Man In Blue

I am saying it for starters: I will not have the Madrid blues. This court has been a hazard all week and if Roger Federer and Tomas Berdych were, on the men’s side, the ones who adapted better to the surface, for the Swiss, it came with a price: he suffered a hip injury during […]

Wave Of Shock In Smurfland

Wave Of Shock In Smurfland

I cannot remember when Rafael Nadal has squandered a two-break lead on clay in a deciding set before. Today, however, he did. Up 5-2 in the third set against Fernando Verdasco, against whom he was on a stretch of 13 consecutive wins, he lost his advantage and in the end, it’s the Madrid native who […]

Toe To Toe

Toe To Toe

Yesterday, Federico Delbonis won his first career Masters 1000 main draw match, a resounding 6-3 6-2 win over World no 39 Albert Ramos. Playing only his second Masters 1000 main draw (the first one being in Monte Carlo), such a performance was an agreeable surprise in a tournament marred more by surface talk than by great […]

Mutua Madrid Open – Finally Som...

Mutua Madrid Open – Finally Something Positive About The Blue!

A few days ago, I was talking about how much the players hated the surface in Madrid. Well, true, it’s the same every year as the Mutua Madrid Open has about one of the worst surfaces on Tour according to the players. I don’t know how much the problems they face this year have to […]

Smurf Village Open – Unhappy Pl...

Smurf Village Open – Unhappy Players

The blue clay of Madrid has many, but many players complaining about its quality. Apparently done to enhance visibility for the players but, most of all, for the spectators, it’s true that the surface is stunning. It looks like a blue carpet of hard, but it’s clay.   However, the players are not happy about […]

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