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David Nalbandian Retires

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“It’s not easy. It’s not one of the nicest days of my career, of my path, but it’s my turn today. When I see the images and the tournaments, it’s a weird sensation, to feel like being there, competing, coming back to play. But my shoulder isn’t helping me to come back and train with […]

Davis Cup – Argentina So Close,...

The valiant team of Argentina

. We knew before the tie even started that it would be a near-impossible mission for Argentina to reach the final against Czech Republic, as much as we know that Davis Cup is a whole other ball game. Without Juan Martín del Potro, who did not want to play Davis Cup this year to put […]

Davis Cup Semifinals – Underdog...

The valiant Argentine team: Martín Jaite, Juan Mónaco, Carlos Berlocq, Horacio Zeballos, Leo Mayer
(Photo: José Rieiro)

The Davis Cup semifinals both appear, on paper, to greatly favour the local teams. It is a matter of surface chosen. It is a question of players present. And it makes both visiting teams appear like huge underdogs in the end. However, if either of Argentina or Canada did not believe that they can pull […]

Still Undefeated In The First Round

Team Argentina celebrating

  Argentina came back into the World Group 11 years ago. Since then, they had not lost a single tie in the first round. Saturday, they were aiming to close out the tie against Germany and keep this perfect record.   With the injury to Philipp Kohlschreiber, who was present at the match, Carsten Arriens […]

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 […]

Season Over For David Nalbandian

Season Over For David Nalbandian

    After being injured during a practice just before his well-awaited first-round match at the U.S. Open, which was supposed to oppose him to countryman Juan Martín del Potro, and missing action for the last month, David Nalbandian was supposed to make a comeback next week, at the If Stockholm Open.

U.S. Open – Any Other Favourite...

U.S. Open – Any Other Favourite?

  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 […]

Tommy Haas: At The Highest Level

Tommy Haas: At The Highest Level

  When he underwent two surgeries (hip and elbow) a month apart in the beginning of 2010, at the age of 31, many were those who deemed that the career of former World no 2 Tommy Haas was coming to en end. After all, haven’t we seen players like Guga Kuerten and Fernando González unable […]

Surprises, Frights, Heartbreaking Los...

Surprises, Frights, Heartbreaking Losses: The Olympics Start At Full Gear (2)

  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 […]

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.

Wimbledon – First Round Heart-B...

Wimbledon – First Round Heart-Breakers (1)

  The Wimbledon main draw that came out yesterday gives me a golden opportunity to think outside the box and offer a few words about the first round matches that promise to be difficult, not so much in terms of possible match duration rather than because of the identity opponents for each of them.   […]

Deserved Punishment

Deserved Punishment

  It was a normal Sunday final: two opponents hitting balls at each other, a veteran and a young gun who both surprisingly made it that far considering the strength of the field. The veteran had taken the first set in a disputed tiebreak, but the young gun was up a break in the second […]

Eight Men, One Woman, Same Fate: Toug...

Eight Men, One Woman, Same Fate: Tough Draw

    The French Open is starting tomorrow, and with the draw coming out yesterday, the first thing I noticed was how bad the draw was for the Argentinean players. Well, the same can be said about the Colombians, as there are two in the main draw (Santiago Giraldo and Alejandro Falla) and the draw […]

Surprises In Rome

Surprises In Rome

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 […]

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 […]

Important Milestone In Houston

Important Milestone In Houston

It’s a bit of a slower week for most of us after the emotions of another great Davis Cup weekend (about which you can read my series of summaries here: part 1 (Spain and USA), part 2 (Argentina), and part 3 (Czech Republic)). Nevertheless, there are still good tournaments to follow in the ATP250 events of Houston […]

Davis Cup – What A Weekend! (2)

Davis Cup – What A Weekend! (2)

If Spain has never really been in trouble against Austria and the United States surprised again by defeating France, the most emotional and tense ties were really those taking place in Argentina and Czech Republic, although for whole different reasons.

Davis Cup – Bring On The Clay! (2)

Davis Cup – Bring On The Clay! (2)

Yesterday, I started my World Group preview for the Davis Cup quarter-finals with the tie opposing Spain and Austria, and that between France and the United States. Before hopping to the draws and schedule for the weekend, I will preview the last two ties, Argentina vs Croatia, and Czech Republic vs Serbia.   The order […]

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 […]

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. […]

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