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A Place Of Tradition

A Place Of Tradition

  What do former World no 1 Marat Safin, seasoned pros such as Juan Carlos Ferrero, David Ferrer, Nicolás Almagro, Maria Sharapova, Dinara Safina, Mariusz Fyrstenberg, María José Martínez Sánchez, and Guillermo García-López, and up-and-coming players María Teresa “Tita” Torró, Mohamed Safwat, Aleksandra Zenovka, Mayar Sherif, and Mario Vileja (to name only a few) have in […]

Wimbledon – First Round Heart-B...

Wimbledon – First Round Heart-Breakers (1)

  The Wimbledon main draw that came out yesterday gives me a golden opportunity to think outside the box and offer a few words about the first round matches that promise to be difficult, not so much in terms of possible match duration rather than because of the identity opponents for each of them.   […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Nice First For Fede

A Nice First For Fede

If today marked the last match of Croatian Ivan Ljubicic’s career, it also marks the end of the qualifications of the Monte Carlo Masters 1000, and to me, the happiest moment so far came from young up-and-coming Argentine Federico Delbonis, who qualified for the main draw of a Masters 1000 tournament for the first time […]

Copa Claro – From The Last Matc...

Copa Claro – From The Last Match To The First Win

If Sunday, at the Copa Claro, marked the last match of Juan Pablo Brzezicki’s career, Monday was just as special for another Argentine player, but on the reverse side, as Facundo Bagnis won his first career ATP match,  a 5-7 6-4 6-2 win over another talented young Argentine, Lenoardo Mayer.

Copa Claro – So Long, Juampi (A...

Copa Claro – So Long, Juampi (And Other Tidbits From The Qualifications)

The second day of qualification action at the Copa Claro started under the rain, which caused the postponing of the beginning of the day to noon instead of 11 AM. The rain also came to visit us for a bit during the afternoon. On a personal front, this caused me to look like a lobster, […]

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 – Matches To Follow (...

Australian Open – Matches To Follow (Day 2)

The second day is close to starting in Melbourne and as I did yesterday, here are the matches that I will watch or, at least, follow as closely as possible if they can’t be seen:

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 […]

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 […]

Underdog Final

Underdog Final

They were not favourites to get this far. To be honest, facing Juan Martín del Potro and David Ferrer, it was quite impossible to see them in any other way than underdogs, even though both have played an incredible tournament in spite of a very unfavourable draw. Yet the Valencia Open title will be fought […]

A Definite Davis Cup Feeling

A Definite Davis Cup Feeling

The semi-finals of the Valencia Open, which will be played tomorrow, cannot be closer than the last moments we’ll live this tennis season, except perhaps because only two of the protagonists have the chance to meet at that moment. And yet, this week, they can only meet in Sunday’s final.

Big Week Coming

Big Week Coming

After two weeks of ATP250 tournaments, we are nearing the end of the season, with the last ATP500 tournaments in Basel and Valencia, then the last Masters 1000 in Paris (week of 7 November) and, finally, the ATP World Tour Finals in London (week of 20 November) and the Davis Cup final (2-4 December).   […]

London, Year-End No 1, Taxes

London, Year-End No 1, Taxes

There were many events that happened today in Shanghai, not all of them positive, but still worth a mention. Another player booked his place for London, the year-end no 1 ranking was sealed and Rafa Nadal talked about income taxes, which led to quite a discussion a little everywhere among tennis fans.   We’ll start […]

Shanghai: A Quiet Start

Shanghai: A Quiet Start

As there were only two first-round matches on Sunday, last night/this morning marked the official beginning of the Shanghai Masters 1000, penultimate Masters 1000 of the year, and we cannot say that it was a surprising day. In fact, the only “surprise” came from Bernard Tomic, who defeated Kevin Anderson in three grueling sets, 7-6(5) […]

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