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Australian Open – Day 3 Roundup

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  First of all, I would like to apologise for not having done a roundup of Day 2. I will not say “It won’t happen again” because it is always possible that it will happen again before the end of the Australian Open.   Nevertheless, some very interesting things happened in the second day, including […]

Australian Open – Breaking Down Diffe...

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  Before the start of Day 1, I previewed what would be the heartbreak matches, and the popcorn encounters, of the top half, which started the tournament. I will repeat the exercise today, just before Day 2 begins. However, considering my prediction record for the first day, I will (try  to) refrain from making any.

He’s Back!

David Nalbandian's classic trademark: his wonderful two-handed backhand (Photo: Hans Rhule Fotografía)

  Most players are in their pre-season right now, gearing up slowly but surely for 2013, which incidentally starts on 30th December, with the players taking part in the tournaments in Brisbane, Doha, and Chennai having to travel on Christmas if they want to make it (so no such thing as celebrating the Holidays for […]

Tokyo Finalists Ousted In Shanghai

Tokyo Finalists Ousted In Shanghai

    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 […]

Rare Feat In Shanghai

Rare Feat In Shanghai

    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.

Janko Tipsarevic Overcomes His Bête N...

Janko Tipsarevic Overcomes His Bête Noire

    There were still two first-round matches to be completed at the Rakuten Open, and both featured players who took part in last weekend’s finals, in Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok, a nice gesture by the tournament organisers to give an extra day’s rest to those players, whereas those who were in Beijing had to […]

Bad News For David Ferrer

Bad News For David Ferrer

  David Ferrer is having a dream season. Very close to a qualification for the ATP World Tour Finals (WTF), first after last week for the number of wins to date (62), second for the number of titles (5) and the number of finals (6), all was going well and he had a very good […]

Huge Upset In Beijing

Huge Upset In Beijing

 

Tanking vs Tired

Tanking vs Tired

  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.

Weekly Roll Of Honour

Weekly Roll Of Honour

  There were four ATP250 tournaments this week, as well as a few Challenger Tour events and going back on all of them would take considerable time. For this reason, I will stop on a few players who, to me, marked the week for a reason or another.

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. […]

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 […]

Indian Wells – Bring The Round-...

Indian Wells – Bring The Round-Of-16! (2)

The bottom half really brought interesting matches yesterday, as you can see with an analysis in two parts (and the fact that we were able to see all the singles matches). You can find the first part here, and the top half analysis here (from yesterday).   Rafael Nadal vs Alexandr Dolgopolov Rafael Nadal made more […]

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 – 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) […]

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 – 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 2)

Getting Ready For The Oz (Part 2)

I started this pre-Australian Open part with the two warm-up tournaments that are played this week, but there are also exhibition tournaments that are quite known and to which many good players are taking part. Although in some cases, we really mean “exhibition”.

Of Candlelit Tennis, Racquets, And To...

Of Candlelit Tennis, Racquets, And Too Many Time Zones

If 2011 ended with a bang, 2012 started with a concert of chamber music that I couldn’t help hearing inside my head as soon as I saw the images of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal opening the season in a very special way in Doha, on New Year’s Day. But most of all, it means […]

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