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Davis Cup – Argentina So Close,...

The valiant team of Argentina

. We knew before the tie even started that it would be a near-impossible mission for Argentina to reach the final against Czech Republic, as much as we know that Davis Cup is a whole other ball game. Without Juan Martín del Potro, who did not want to play Davis Cup this year to put […]

Davis Cup Semifinals – Underdog...

The valiant Argentine team: Martín Jaite, Juan Mónaco, Carlos Berlocq, Horacio Zeballos, Leo Mayer
(Photo: José Rieiro)

The Davis Cup semifinals both appear, on paper, to greatly favour the local teams. It is a matter of surface chosen. It is a question of players present. And it makes both visiting teams appear like huge underdogs in the end. However, if either of Argentina or Canada did not believe that they can pull […]

Djokovic, Nadal, Murray, and Berdych ...

Argentina's and Czech Republic's n°1 singles players for their semifinal tie (Photo: Prensa AAT)

A new Davis Cup weekend is looming, and will bring us very interesting ties, as starting tomorrow (Belgium vs Israel), 20 countries will be involved in the World Group semifinals and playoffs. The interesting fact of those ties is that four of the top 5 members will be their countries’ leaders this weekend. Novak Djokovic, […]

Still Undefeated In The First Round

Team Argentina celebrating

  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 Gladiator

Carlos Berlocq

  It was a hot, scorching day. The rains that were forecast finally did not fall, leaving the air hot and heavy.   Such were the conditions in which Carlos Berlocq and Philipp Kohlschreiber took the court. The weather in Buenos Aires has been very hot all week, and the strategy, for Charly and captain […]

Australian Open – Day 1 Roundup

Mikhail Youzhny

  It was an eventful first day at the Australian Open, where no less than 10 matches went to the limit of five sets, one seed fell, others trembled, and we already had our first (very) late night finish.   Let’s recap some of the day’s events.

He’s Back!

David Nalbandian's classic trademark: his wonderful two-handed backhand (Photo: Hans Rhule Fotografía)

  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 […]

ATP World Tour Finals – The Eig...

ATP World Tour Finals – The Eight Singles Players Are Known

  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 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.

Slimming Chances (And Shanghai Result...

Slimming Chances (And Shanghai Results)

  If the two ATP500 events of last week finally put an end to the Race tie between Juan Mónaco and Richard Gasquet, who are now five points apart in favour of the Argentine, the Masters 1000 of Shanghai will be just as determining for the players who are still in contention for a spot […]

What You Can Do, I Can, Too

What You Can Do, I Can, Too

  At the end of last week, Juan Mónaco and Richard Gasquet were still tied in the Race, having both won the tournament in which they were entered. Both had a chance to inch a little higher with the first-round defeat of Nicolás Almagro. It seemed a pretty easy task for Gasquet, who was facing […]

Janko Tipsarevic Overcomes His Bête N...

Janko Tipsarevic Overcomes His Bête Noire

    There were still two first-round matches to be completed at the Rakuten Open, and both featured players who took part in last weekend’s finals, in Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok, a nice gesture by the tournament organisers to give an extra day’s rest to those players, whereas those who were in Beijing had to […]

Bad News For David Ferrer

Bad News For David Ferrer

  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 […]

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 […]

Davis Cup: Argentina vs Czech Republi...

Davis Cup: Argentina vs Czech Republic – Emotional First Day

  There were a lot of emotions in Parque Roca on Friday, during the first day of the semi-final tie opposing Argentina to Czech Republic. After all the uncertainty surrounding the presence of Argentina’s n° 1 player, Juan Martín del Potro, suffering from a left wrist injury, and his confirmation that he would play “for […]

U.S. Open – Any Other Favourite...

U.S. Open – Any Other Favourite?

  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 […]

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 […]

Dream Come True For Mónaco (The Trium...

Dream Come True For Mónaco (The Triumph Of Hard Work)

    He fell flat on his back out of sheer happiness, started to cry with joy, which he did all the way to sitting back in his chair after climbing in the stands for a very emotional hug with his team.   Juan Mónaco had not only just logged his best career title at […]

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.   […]

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