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Weekly Roundup: Ferrer Ties Emerson I...

David Ferrer

  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 Biggest Win Of His Career (And A ...

The Biggest Win Of His Career (And A Challenger Heart-Breaker)

    If Tuesday brought little surprises at the Paris-Bercy Masters 1000, except the upset of 13th seed Marin Cilic, Wednesday was more active in this regard, as three seeds were ousted, and one of them in the most bizarre way possible.

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.

Shanghai Rolex Masters – Intere...

Shanghai Rolex Masters – Interesting Draw

    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 […]

Good Start To The Asian Swing

Good Start To The Asian Swing

  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 […]

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 […]

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.

Upsets, Injuries, An Eventful First D...

Upsets, Injuries, An Eventful First Day In Wimbledon

    “Whew!”   That was about my reaction when the last matches still going on were announced suspended due to darkness, near 4PM this afternoon. The day has been a whirlwind such as only the first few days of a Grand Slam can bring. Although somehow, with four retirements (only on the men’s side, […]



There are some players who, despite their ranking, are often overlooked (sometimes even by major tournament organizers). They may not be the most flamboyant, or the most talented, but they are among the elite at what they are doing and they deserve the credit they are due.

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 […]

Hard Working Champions (Casablanca An...

Hard Working Champions (Casablanca And Houston Final Results)

There were two ATP250 tournaments played this week and both crowned very hard-working champions, in two great finals that were, due to the weather in Casablanca, at times played simultaneously. Both Juan Mónaco (Houston) and Pablo Andújar (Casablanca) showed once again that hard work pays off. Same goes for the finalists of both tournaments, John […]

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.

Indian Wells – Record Title For...

Indian Wells – Record Title For Roger Federer (Twice)

It was not the final that, at the beginning of the tournament, most thought we would see. Throughout the last nearly two weeks, the BNP Paribas Open provided us with many surprises, two of which came in the semi-finals. This gave us the unexpected final I was writing about yesterday and again today, as a […]

Indian Wells – With A Feel Of R...

Indian Wells – With A Feel Of Revenge? Not Necessarily

Today’s singles final at the BP Paribas Open is, indeed, the one no one expected and will oppose Roger Federer and John Isner. If the head-to-head slightly favours the Swiss (2-1), their last encounter was a four-set win of the American, on clay, in the first round of the Davis Cup at the beginning of […]

Indian Wells – Totally Unexpect...

Indian Wells – Totally Unexpected!

When I did my semi-final predictions today, I wrote that we would have yet another final between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. I will not hide from it, as the odds really favoured them. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who made such a prediction. And who ended up wrong.   Tomorrow’s final […]

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 Qua...

Indian Wells – High Quality Quarters (1)

Since the beginning of the BNP Paribas Open, we were treated to a lot of drama. From the now famous BNP Parasite (i.e. the gastro-intestinal virus that has been plaguing the tournament and made another victim yesterday – Mike Bryan, forcing the twins’ pull-out before their quarter-finals match, thus making it yet another year to […]





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