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 […]
The first semi-finalists of the Australian Open 2013 are known and if it is without surprise that Novak Djokovic almost “routined” Tomaš Berdych, with the exception of a dropped second set (6-1 4-6 6-1 6-4), David Ferrer has been led a more than merry chase by Nicolás Almagro, who not once, but three times […]
The week preceding a Grand Slam is not, by essence, the busiest week of the season as far as the number of tournaments played is concerned. It doesn’t, however, mean that what happens in those tournaments is not be memorable. This week was no different, as a record was tied in Auckland and […]
The Top 4 reigned supreme on the Grand Slams in 2012, but many want to add their name to that glorious list in 2013.
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 […]
The ATP World Tour Finals are in full swing and if there is something that can be said, it is that the last two days of the round robin have a pretty peculiar scheduling, especially as far as the singles are concerned. In Group A, it is a little less obvious, as there […]
The round-of-16 of the BNP Paribas Masters put an end to the Race to determine which players will take part in the ATP World Tour Finals (WTF), which start next Monday in London. By defeating Nicolás Almagro 7-6(4) 7-6(3), Jo-Wilfried Tsonga ended the last possibility for him or Janko Tipsarevic not to enter […]
The Shanghai Rolex Masters quarter-finals were completed this Friday, and set a rare combination of semi-finals between the top four seeds for this season. The only other time it happened in either a Masters 1000 or a Grand Slam, this year, was at the Australian Open. However, it was only fitting that the […]
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.
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).
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
The last two days were, without a doubt, quite eventful at the London Olympics. With the rain playing again a little of a part in the proceedings, of course, but with two record-breaking marathon matches, and one huge surprise along the way.