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Novak Djokovic and the 54-Shot Rallie...

Novak Djokovic (Getty Images)

. Among the various impressive points that yesterday’s U.S. Open final has given us, one of them had been labelled by some “the longest rally of all-time”, a 54-shot rally with Novak Djokovic leading Rafael Nadal 3-2 in the second set, and which gave the Serbian his first break of the set. However, was it […]

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 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.

Those New Rules That Irk So: Part 1 &...

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  Shortly before the end of last season, the ATP World Tour announced that new rules would be in application starting in the first tournaments of 2013. If one is only there in a three-month trial, the other is technically there to stay. However, so far, both irk players, some experts, and some fans alike. […]

Welcome Back!

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  For them, 2012 has been a year marked by injuries, and seeing them returning with early success in 2013 is a pleasure, for which we can only hope it will be renewed many a time throughout the season.

Exhibitions Are Entertainment

Exhibitions Are Entertainment

  The off-season being longer starting this season, the players have time to make a little extra money by taking part in exhibition matches and events. Here is not the time to agree or disagree with it, but to have a little laugh at some funny moments that happened during two of them, both involving […]

Huge Upset In Beijing

Huge Upset In Beijing

 

Davis Cup – What A Weekend! (1)

Davis Cup – What A Weekend! (1)

If one thing can be said about this Davis Cup weekend, it’s that it will be hard to forget. For the first time since 2005, the four quarter-finals in the World Group have been decided on Sunday. Although the suspense wasn’t great in two of the ties on deciding day, the two others seemed, at […]

Davis Cup – Bring On The Clay! ...

Davis Cup – Bring On The Clay! (1)

With the North American swing just finished, all eyes are now turned to the Davis Cup, with zonal ties and the World Group quarter-finals beginning on Friday to determine either who will take part in September zonal or World Group playoffs, and who will be this years semi-finalists.

Miami Surprises

Miami Surprises

The Sony Ericsson Open will end in a few hours with a men’s final that isn’t all too strange for us: a meeting between no 4 Andy Murray and no 1 Novak Djokovic. However, there have been a few surprises throughout the tournament, even though the final will oppose two of the four best players […]

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 […]

Australian Open – Day 6 Wrap-Up: Grit...

Australian Open – Day 6 Wrap-Up: Grit, Heart, And A Huge Surprise

If Novak Djokovic (1), Andy Murray (4), David Ferrer (5), and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (6) more or less cruised through their respective matches to make it to the last 16, the sixth day of action at the Australian Open brought us a big surprise with the demise of Gaël Monfils (14), and another one with the ease with which Richard Gasquet (17) […]

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 […]

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”.

The First Champion Of 2012

The First Champion Of 2012

The ATP Tour has its first champion of the season and it is only fitting that it would be a top 10 player. As the surprises came yesterday (the walkover of Roger Federer and the loss of Rafael Nadal), it was only fitting that the one to take the first title of the season would […]

Pull-outs, Retirements, Injury Scares...

Pull-outs, Retirements, Injury Scares: 2012 Starts With 2011’s Bad Karma

As far as injuries were concerned, 2011 had a bad karma in the tennis world. Apparently, 2012 is determined to start the same way. After the pre-season pull-outs that I have listed last week, Somdev Devvarman pulled out of the Chennai event due to a shoulder injury yesterday. He was replaced by lucky loser Édourad […]

Not Off To A Good Start (And News, Wi...

Not Off To A Good Start (And News, Wishes, And So On)

The new tennis season has just started on the ATP Tour with the beginning of the Brisbane International qualifications (it has started last night/at dawn in the WTA), although for the last two days, we were spoiled, as we have been every year since 2008, with the Mubadala World Tennis Championship, a six-player exhibition held […]

A Dream Team For The Dream? (And News...

A Dream Team For The Dream? (And News, etc.)

It’s the off-season, but this doesn’t mean that nothing is happening in the tennis world. The players have resumed training for the most part in preparation of the 2012 season, a few have changed coaches, there were very interesting exhibition tournaments to follow and there will be more coming next week as well, etc.   […]

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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