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Surprise In Rome, (Brief) Challengers...

Surprise In Rome, (Brief) Challengers News, A Magician In Brazil

Main draw action started today in Rome, where six first-round matches were played on top of the last seven qualifying matches. If Paolo Lorenzi defeating Nikolay Davydenko was a half surprise considering how good the Italian is on clay, I got particularly wrong in my prediction regarding Milos Raonic. 

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 […]

Ciao Roma!

Ciao Roma!

The Madrid Open will reach its conclusion tomorrow in a final worthy of the best indoor hard court matches and will oppose Roger Federer, aiming for his 10th clay court title and 20th Masters shield overall (did I mention that he and Rafa are into a very nice battle for them this season?), and Tomas […]

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 […]

Great Milestone For Rafa In Monte Car...

Great Milestone For Rafa In Monte Carlo

The Monte Carlo Rolex Masters brought us so many bad news and injuries that I jump on the occasion to celebrate a happy event happening in the course of the tournament. No ranting about the surface, no injury talk, just Monte Carlo happiness for tonight.

Cursed Tournament

Cursed Tournament

After the heartbreaking image of Juan Mónaco writhing in pain after a nasty fall on the Court Central of the Monte Carlo Country Club in his second-round match, I hoped there would not be any more injuries or bad events happening to the players taking part in the first clay-court Masters 1000 of the season. […]

The Curse Of The No 14?

The Curse Of The No 14?

Four years ago, during the doubles final in Viña del Mar, he took a nasty fall and twisted his ankle. He was then on the verge of breaching into the top 15 (reached no 14 after the Chilean final he could not play because of the injury), had all the future ahead of him and a […]

A Nice First For Fede

A Nice First For Fede

If today marked the last match of Croatian Ivan Ljubicic’s career, it also marks the end of the qualifications of the Monte Carlo Masters 1000, and to me, the happiest moment so far came from young up-and-coming Argentine Federico Delbonis, who qualified for the main draw of a Masters 1000 tournament for the first time […]

Goodbye, Papa Ljubes!

Goodbye, Papa Ljubes!

Several weeks ago, Croat Ivan Ljubicic announced that after 14 years on the ATP Tour, he was pulling the plug on his career and that his last tournament would be the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters, in the city where he now resides with his family.   The laws of the draw made him play what […]

Miami Surprises

Miami Surprises

The Sony Ericsson Open will end in a few hours with a men’s final that isn’t all too strange for us: a meeting between no 4 Andy Murray and no 1 Novak Djokovic. However, there have been a few surprises throughout the tournament, even though the final will oppose two of the four best players […]

Fine Analysts

Fine Analysts

We cannot say it’s the case for all the players, but a lot of them are very fine analysts of their own game and that of their opponents when questioned about it during interviews, which always makes for interesting listen or read.   For example, last month in Buenos Aires, I had the chance to […]

¡Chau, Feña!

¡Chau, Feña!

In the first round, there were three must-see matches: the return of Alisa Kleybanova, back after 10 months as she fought and won her battle against cancer, the return of Venus Williams, who hadn’t played since last year’s US Open, as she had been diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome, and what ended up being Fernando González’s last […]

Indian Wells – Record Title For...

Indian Wells – Record Title For Roger Federer (Twice)

It was not the final that, at the beginning of the tournament, most thought we would see. Throughout the last nearly two weeks, the BNP Paribas Open provided us with many surprises, two of which came in the semi-finals. This gave us the unexpected final I was writing about yesterday and again today, as a […]

Indian Wells – With A Feel Of R...

Indian Wells – With A Feel Of Revenge? Not Necessarily

Today’s singles final at the BP Paribas Open is, indeed, the one no one expected and will oppose Roger Federer and John Isner. If the head-to-head slightly favours the Swiss (2-1), their last encounter was a four-set win of the American, on clay, in the first round of the Davis Cup at the beginning of […]

Indian Wells – Totally Unexpect...

Indian Wells – Totally Unexpected!

When I did my semi-final predictions today, I wrote that we would have yet another final between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. I will not hide from it, as the odds really favoured them. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who made such a prediction. And who ended up wrong.   Tomorrow’s final […]

Indian Wells – Predictable Semi...

Indian Wells – Predictable Semis?

Considering who were in the quarter-finals, the identity of the semi-finalists isn’t too much of a surprise, as they are the four best-ranked players left in the field. This said, the semi-finals in themselves should be, in my mind, just as predictable as far as the matter of who will reach the final is concerned. […]

Indian Wells – High Quality Quarters ...

Indian Wells – High Quality Quarters (2)

If yesterday’s quarter-final matches were high quality indeed, the ones played today will definitely be high voltage quarters. Starting at 4PM ET, tennis fans will be treated to what, on paper, will be the best quarter-finals this Masters 1000 could offer. If one of the matchups became quite redundant (and a bit of an ordeal to […]

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