The first week of the Australian Open is now a thing of the past and we had to wait until Day 6 to get the first huge surprise of the men’s singles draw.
It was a hot scorching day at Melbourne Park and with temperatures that reached 41°C, four matches (out of 16) went to the limit of five sets, one of which having for result a player getting back to the locker room, having a full body cramp, and ending up on a stretcher with an […]
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.
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.
At the end of last week, Juan Mónaco and Richard Gasquet were still tied in the Race, having both won the tournament in which they were entered. Both had a chance to inch a little higher with the first-round defeat of Nicolás Almagro. It seemed a pretty easy task for Gasquet, who was facing […]
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 […]
Due to the rain, most matches scheduled on Sunday did not take place, or were suspended until today, which gave a full program of tennis to go through. Mother Nature complying, it was sunny all day and almost all the matches were completed, with the exception of a few doubles matches that were suspended […]
After going at length on the first winner of the men’s draw, the surprise exit of Tomas Berdych, and the fright Alejandro Falla caused Roger Federer again two years later, there are still, of course, many more events of the first day of Olympic tennis to talk about. However, I will stop on an […]
Before jumping head first into Wimbledon, its draw, and everything surrounding the most traditional tournament of the season, the last two warm-up grass tournaments concluded today with two happy winners, although for different reasons. One of them realized a first in the ATP this season, and the other found salvation on one of his […]
If the return to red clay had come rather smoothly and without surprises since Monday, it was definitely not the case over the last two days, as Italy has got themselves a new hero, the fourth Musketeer fell (and well into jeers in that wake), a veteran realized a dream, and two players suffered tough […]
The second day is close to starting in Melbourne and as I did yesterday, here are the matches that I will watch or, at least, follow as closely as possible if they can’t be seen: