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Australian Open – Day 5 Results...

Gilles Simon, Gaël Monfils

  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.

Australian Open – Day 1 Roundup

Mikhail Youzhny

  It was an eventful first day at the Australian Open, where no less than 10 matches went to the limit of five sets, one seed fell, others trembled, and we already had our first (very) late night finish.   Let’s recap some of the day’s events.

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.

Kei Nishikori And Mike Bryan Make His...

Kei Nishikori And Mike Bryan Make History

  In the wee hours of the day on this side of the planet, the tournaments in Tokyo and Beijing reached their conclusion, and two of the finals that were played wrote new pages in the history books, with the wins of Kei Nishikori (in Tokyo) and Mike Bryan (in Beijing).

Huge Upset In Beijing

Huge Upset In Beijing

 

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 […]

Indian Wells – Bring The Round-...

Indian Wells – Bring The Round-Of-16! (1)

The third round of the BNP Paribas Open was completed yesterday, although it started on the wrong foot with the announcement of yet another pull-out caused by the gastro-intestinal virus, that of Nikolay Davydenko, which gave Thomaz Bellucci a direct entrance to the round-of-16. This means that the virus was really kind of profitable for […]

Indian Wells – Did I Really Say...

Indian Wells – Did I Really Say “Without Surprises”?

The joy of tennis is when the time comes and you make absolutely wrong predictions. The less fun part of it is when it happens at the expense of a favourite. You can try and be as neutral as you can but it’s sometimes just too much (and if you follow me on Twitter, you […]

Indian Wells 2012 – Preview

Indian Wells 2012 – Preview

The 2012 Masters 1000 season is starting today with the beginning of the main draw action in the desert of Indian Wells, and if the main draw provides us as many surprises and drama as the qualifications have, we are in for a spectacular event. The draw, of course, helps making sure that drama we […]

This Week In A Few Names

This Week In A Few Names

I got back from three wonderful weeks in Argentina yesterday, including the best tournament I’ve ever attended/covered, but this doesn’t mean that Copa Claro notwithstanding, I haven’t followed, at least a little, what has been going on in the tennis world. Of course, I followed mostly the tournaments of Acapulco and Dubaï, albeit via scoreboard […]

Copa Claro (Wrap-Up) – Great Fi...

Copa Claro (Wrap-Up) – Great Finals, Great Tournament

The Copa Claro finished yesterday with the crowning of three Spaniards: David Marrero/Fernando Verdasco in doubles, and David Ferrer in singles, on the clay of the BALTC. Both finals gave us phenomenal tennis and crowned what has been a fantastic week of tennis in the Argentine capital.

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 2 Wrapup: Bagel...

Australian Open – Day 2 Wrapup: Bagels And The Lendl Effect

If the first day of the Australian Open was definitely the day of the five-setters, the second was, without a doubt, the day of the bagels, when no less than 20 bagels were fed to several rather unlucky opponents.   In fact, the match I followed the closest at the beginning of the day was […]

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 – Matches To Fo...

Australian Open – Matches To Follow (Day 1)

The first Grand Slam of the season starts shortly and not only are the expectation and anticipation at very high levels, there are also a huge amount of matches to follow, on both men’s and women’s sides, and an all-nighter is pretty much in the works for many tennis fans, as a lot of the […]

Australian Open – Breaking Down...

Australian Open – Breaking Down The Draw (Part 2)

Yesterday, I started my draw analysis with the players from the bottom half of the draw, who begin playing today. Meanwhile, we learned that Florian Mayer (20) has withdrawn due to a hip injury, that Rafael Nadal is tired of being the voice of the players’ grievances, that Juan Martín del Potro understands the reaction to […]

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 1)

Getting Ready For The Oz (Part 1)

While some of the players are competing in Sydney and Auckland this week, others are in Melbourne and getting accustomed to the courts in preparation of the Australian Open, which starts Monday, or battling in the qualifications to enter the main draw, qualifications that have seen their first day suspended for a long time due […]

A 2011 Review, Part 4 – The Yea...

A 2011 Review, Part 4 – The Year Of The Returns (1)

As the last part of my 2011 season review, I decided to devote the post to the comebacks of the year. If the three players who will be featured here are obvious choices, it is because their return to form after long injury layoffs was absolutely great. The fact that one of them was not […]

A 2011 Review, Part 3 – The Year Of T...

A 2011 Review, Part 3 – The Year Of The Resurgence (3)

If you remember, a couple of days ago, I started talking about the players who had known some kind of resurgence throughout the 2011 season. I should say those who have improved to the point of reaching, this season, their best career results. I started this part with Alex Bogomolov Jr and Janko Tipsarevic, then […]

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