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The Longest Three-Setter In The Open ...

The Longest Three-Setter In The Open Era

    Many were those who thought that, given the surface, and who was facing whom, this match would be quite straightforward. There were probably not as many, but there were quite a few as well who hoped that it would be a very competitive match, even though the result, for most, seemed predictable.   […]

Nice Quarters, Mouth-Watering Semis (...

Nice Quarters, Mouth-Watering Semis (1)

  Nerves, fatigue, injury, fight, dominance, serve, and on top of all, emotion: such was the menu of today’s men’s quarter-finals, where the places for the coveted medal matches were played. No surprises in any match, as the highest seed ended up the victor in each of them, all without dropping a set, two in […]

Huge Surprise And Quarter-Finalists

Huge Surprise And Quarter-Finalists

  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 […]

There Was Drama, But No Surprises

There Was Drama, But No Surprises

  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 […]

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 […]

Career Firsts… For Veterans

Career Firsts… For Veterans

    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.

Scheduling Misjudgement, And The Risk...

Scheduling Misjudgement, And The Risks Of Being A Linesman

  The weather forecast for today was all but bright, as rain was on the menu of Wimbledon’s Manic Monday. Already, when the schedule came out on Saturday, many eyebrows were raised in question, especially regarding the matches on Centre Court. Most knew that a match like Andy Murray vs Marin Cilic, or Juan Martín […]

Utter Shock

Utter Shock

    I will not say “Lukas who?” as I’ve read in some places. I know well who Lukas Rosol is. Some data: Rosol was nearly triple bageled by Philipp Petzschner in Melbourne earlier this year and, up until this year, had never won a match in Wimbledon. In fact, he had lost in the […]

It Was Close But Was Not To Be (This ...

It Was Close But Was Not To Be (This Time, At Least)

  Today was the first day of the French Open. Of course, we could talk at length about Juan Martín del Potro’s knee issues (and I am of those who are quite preoccupied by it), or by Andy Roddick losing to Nicolas Mahut (no, Roddick is not finished, yes, he’s still upset when he loses, […]

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 […]

What’s In An Exo?

What’s In An Exo?

  “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet.”   So wrote Shakespeare in Romeo And Juliet. Right now, the tennis version of this question should really be, “What’s in an exo?” Is there anything more to results in an exhibition match than there really is? […]

Mutua Madrid Open – Finally Som...

Mutua Madrid Open – Finally Something Positive About The Blue!

A few days ago, I was talking about how much the players hated the surface in Madrid. Well, true, it’s the same every year as the Mutua Madrid Open has about one of the worst surfaces on Tour according to the players. I don’t know how much the problems they face this year have to […]

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 […]

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. […]

Indian Wells – High Quality Quarters ...

Indian Wells – High Quality Quarters (2)

If yesterday’s quarter-final matches were high quality indeed, the ones played today will definitely be high voltage quarters. Starting at 4PM ET, tennis fans will be treated to what, on paper, will be the best quarter-finals this Masters 1000 could offer. If one of the matchups became quite redundant (and a bit of an ordeal to […]

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 – Snubbing David F...

Indian Wells – Snubbing David Ferrer

The BNP Paribas Open committed what appears to be the greatest snub and mistake that I’ve seen in a long time when, the moment today’s schedule was released yesterday, one name did not appear on it: that of World no 5 David Ferrer. Yes, you read right: the fifth player in the world was omitted by […]

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 […]

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