The Davis Cup World Group playoffs are starting today, as Israel asked, and was granted, that the tie be played Thursday, Friday, Sunday with a rest on Saturday due to Yom Kippur, a very important Jewish holiday. For the occasion, and because yours, truly is a Davis Cup lover, we offer you an overview of […]
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, […]
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.
The new tennis season might have started in the old year, but the kickoff was still quite spectacular. In a week marked by some new ruling controversy, especially when it came to the enforcement of the time violation rule, the tennis was nevertheless at times quite spectacular with, for example, this jewel of a […]
Sometimes the first win of the season is even more important for a player than it just being… the first win of the season, especially when the year finished one triumph away from a milestone. For two players, it is exactly what happened.
2012 isn’t yet finished that already, 2013 has started in the tennis world.
They had very little rest time, having had to play their first-round match on Tuesday after a long final on Sunday and the trip from Tokyo to Shanghai, and it showed today, as both Kei Nishikori and Milos Raonic were ousted in the second round of the Shanghai Rolex Masters, the most important […]
In the wee hours of the day on this side of the planet, the tournaments in Tokyo and Beijing reached their conclusion, and two of the finals that were played wrote new pages in the history books, with the wins of Kei Nishikori (in Tokyo) and Mike Bryan (in Beijing).
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 […]
Last time they met, it was a very anticipated round-of-16 match at the U.S. Open, which had the fans of the best ranked of the two trembling and which ended up by a comprehensive beat down. In fact, every time the draw made them square off became an event. In the Rakuten Open […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
The joy of tennis is when the time comes and you make absolutely wrong predictions. The less fun part of it is when it happens at the expense of a favourite. You can try and be as neutral as you can but it’s sometimes just too much (and if you follow me on Twitter, you […]
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.
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, […]
The bottom half semi-finalists are known since early this morning and what’s left for us to know is who will join Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal (I will get back on their quarter-final matches tomorrow). Will we have a perfect four again or will David Ferrer and/or Kei Nishikori hop in the mix?
If Novak Djokovic (1), Andy Murray (4), David Ferrer (5), and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (6) more or less cruised through their respective matches to make it to the last 16, the sixth day of action at the Australian Open brought us a big surprise with the demise of Gaël Monfils (14), and another one with the ease with which Richard Gasquet (17) […]