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 […]
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.
From the young guns to watch to the veterans who haven’t said their last word, with a stop by the first-round heartbreaks, this three-part (and a half) article breaks down the Australian Open draw a little differently. Part 3 – First-round heartbreaks and popcorn matches Like in every Grand Slam (and most tournaments), […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
After going at length on the first winner of the men’s draw, the surprise exit of Tomas Berdych, and the fright Alejandro Falla caused Roger Federer again two years later, there are still, of course, many more events of the first day of Olympic tennis to talk about. However, I will stop on an […]
The first day of Olympic tennis competition was, without a doubt, full of emotions, surprises, frights, on both sides. What was assuredly the last time we saw David Nalbandian on an Olympic court, the early demises of Tomas Berdych, Li Na, and Sam Stosur, the epic win of David Ferrer and Feliciano López in […]
While a lot of the tennis world was still shaking its head over the great shock of Rafael Nadal’s early exit (and, of course, of the completely insane level of Lukas Rosol, particularly in the fifth set), it seemed that drama was again on the agenda on Wimbledon’s Centre Court today, as Roger […]
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. […]
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 […]
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.
After two days of action without TV, the second round of the BNP Paribas Open (Indian Wells) starts today with not only the coming into action of the big guns but also, yes, TV broadcast! About time, as we missed quite a lot of drama and many good matches over the last two days, […]
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 […]
The fourth day of action of the Australian Open will start shortly. There are quite a few potentially good matches to follow again today and I will then give all my attention (or most of it) to the following (plus Andy Murray’s match, but that is just the fan speaking):
While some of the players are competing in Sydney and Auckland this week, others are in Melbourne and getting accustomed to the courts in preparation of the Australian Open, which starts Monday, or battling in the qualifications to enter the main draw, qualifications that have seen their first day suspended for a long time due […]