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Underestimated?

Underestimated?

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.

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 […]

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 […]

Cursed Tournament

Cursed Tournament

After the heartbreaking image of Juan Mónaco writhing in pain after a nasty fall on the Court Central of the Monte Carlo Country Club in his second-round match, I hoped there would not be any more injuries or bad events happening to the players taking part in the first clay-court Masters 1000 of the season. […]

The Curse Of The No 14?

The Curse Of The No 14?

Four years ago, during the doubles final in Viña del Mar, he took a nasty fall and twisted his ankle. He was then on the verge of breaching into the top 15 (reached no 14 after the Chilean final he could not play because of the injury), had all the future ahead of him and a […]

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 […]

Important Milestone In Houston

Important Milestone In Houston

It’s a bit of a slower week for most of us after the emotions of another great Davis Cup weekend (about which you can read my series of summaries here: part 1 (Spain and USA), part 2 (Argentina), and part 3 (Czech Republic)). Nevertheless, there are still good tournaments to follow in the ATP250 events of Houston […]

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 […]

Miami Surprises

Miami Surprises

The Sony Ericsson Open will end in a few hours with a men’s final that isn’t all too strange for us: a meeting between no 4 Andy Murray and no 1 Novak Djokovic. However, there have been a few surprises throughout the tournament, even though the final will oppose two of the four best players […]

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 […]

Indian Wells – Between Virus An...

Indian Wells – Between Virus And Doubles Drama

There is a virulent stomach virus going on in Indian Wells at the moment, which caused the pull-out and the retirement of many players, but also affects everyone there: players, linesmen, ball kids, journalists. No one is safe and we saw again retirements and pull-outs because of it yesterday, among which the 2010 French Open […]

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 […]

Copa Claro – The Support Of The...

Copa Claro – The Support Of The Crowd

“Gracias por el apoyo.” (Thanks for the support.) Often we hear the players saying this to the fans and public at the end of a match, and if we see (and hear) it well when we watch a match, this is nothing to what I was able to witness since the beginning of the tournament, […]

It’s Been A Long Time Coming (B...

It’s Been A Long Time Coming (But Oh, So Worth It!)

Three ATP tournaments were played this week, before the ATP action stops to make way for the first round of Davis Cup and in the three tournaments, two featured a first-time finalist. Sadly, both lost but it was to the revival of veterans (kudos to Mikhail Youzhny, who won both the singles and doubles – […]

Australian Open – Day 1 Wrapup:...

Australian Open – Day 1 Wrapup: The Five-Setter Day And The Rising Star

If there is one thing that we can say about the first day of the Australian Open, it is that it was all but boring. High drama, incredible shotmaking, Australian heat and tricky conditions were part of what the day brought us, along with a few upsets, some more surprising than others. The first day […]

Australian Open – Matches To Fo...

Australian Open – Matches To Follow (Day 1)

The first Grand Slam of the season starts shortly and not only are the expectation and anticipation at very high levels, there are also a huge amount of matches to follow, on both men’s and women’s sides, and an all-nighter is pretty much in the works for many tennis fans, as a lot of the […]

Australian Open – Breaking Down...

Australian Open – Breaking Down The Draw (Part 1) – Edited Due To Withdrawal

The first Grand Slam tournament of the year starts in the early evening Sunday for us and as the singles draw was made on Friday morning (Australian time), taking an extra day for analysis (I admit, out of sheer laziness) gave me time to see who qualified and where they fell in the draw, thus […]

Pull-outs, Retirements, Injury Scares...

Pull-outs, Retirements, Injury Scares: 2012 Starts With 2011’s Bad Karma

As far as injuries were concerned, 2011 had a bad karma in the tennis world. Apparently, 2012 is determined to start the same way. After the pre-season pull-outs that I have listed last week, Somdev Devvarman pulled out of the Chennai event due to a shoulder injury yesterday. He was replaced by lucky loser Édourad […]

Of Candlelit Tennis, Racquets, And To...

Of Candlelit Tennis, Racquets, And Too Many Time Zones

If 2011 ended with a bang, 2012 started with a concert of chamber music that I couldn’t help hearing inside my head as soon as I saw the images of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal opening the season in a very special way in Doha, on New Year’s Day. But most of all, it means […]

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