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 […]
Last time they met, it was a very anticipated round-of-16 match at the U.S. Open, which had the fans of the best ranked of the two trembling and which ended up by a comprehensive beat down. In fact, every time the draw made them square off became an event. In the Rakuten Open […]
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 […]
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 […]
The Asian swing started in force, this week, despite the absence of the top 4. With the Race for one of the remaining spots of the ATP World Tour Finals (WTF) still going on strongly, most players still in contention took the occasion to grab precious points in their quest to qualify for the […]
It all started in Wimbledon, where Liverpool native Jonathan Marray, along with Danish partner Frederik Nielsen, became the first Brit to win a Grand Slam doubles title in 76 years. Just the day before that historic win, Andy Murray had become the first since Bunny Austin in 1938 to reach the Wimbledon final.
The U.S. Open starts tomorrow, and if the Masters 1000 of Toronto and Cincinnati are any indication, the favourites for the title are not very original: world n° 1 Roger Federer and world n° 2 (and defending champion) Novak Djokovic. If the former has a very nice draw, the same can be said for […]
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 […]
The Olympics brought the consecration of five players, either for completing their Career Golden Slam or for winning an Olympic medal that was evading them.
Before turning my eyes to Toronto, it is of circumstance to give one last look at a great Olympic tournament, which has brought the consecration of some of the greats of the sport, the redemption/rebirth of some others and, all in all, has given us great emotions over the last nine days.
Please forgive me if, before going all analytic once more, I am, at the moment, a bit more personal. I rarely do it, especially not for a whole post, but today, the circumstances call for it.
If the top half quarter-finals were tight two-setters, the ones from the bottom half were quite the opposite: for the most part without any doubt as to who will emerge the victor, which leaves another extremely interesting semi-final to look forward to.
Eight men now remain in the Olympic singles tournament, and all from different countries: Argentina, France, Great Britain, Japan, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, and United States. At the end of the day, tomorrow, only four will remain and fight to bring Olympic glory home. Along the way, only two big surprises came along, the […]
At many a party, there is someone who comes and crashes the whole thing for a spell. Wimbledon is no different and today, the unwanted guest was, as always, the rain, which delayed the start of the matches by more than an hour on the outside courts, then stopped them for three full […]
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 […]
The miracle rejuvenating grass cure undergone by the Wimbledon groundsman, Neil Stubley, and his team worked wonders: the courts are now completely back to pre-Wimbledon green, save a few patches on Centre Court.
Seventh for 17th for 75th for 286th week at number 1. If we could summarize in numbers Roger Federer’s triumph at Wimbledon, this Sunday, it would be as such. His record-tying seventh Wimbledon title, which is his record-enhancing 17th Grand Slam title and his 75th total career title, which brings him back to […]
One celebrated his win with a fistpump and no effusions. No wagging fingers, very sober. The other was overcome by emotion, fighting back tears, pointing to the skies as has been his habit after each win this tournament. Both will fight for history on Sunday. Roger Federer and Andy Murray have set up […]
The round-of-16 matches are now completed in Wimbledon and the quarter-finals are set. Andy Murray is the only top player who will face a fellow Top 10 (World no 5 David Ferrer). All the others are facing rivals outside of the top 20, even though they are all seeded.