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Australian Open – Matches To Follow (...

Australian Open – Matches To Follow (Day 4)

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):

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 Meanwhile, we learned that Florian Mayer (20) has withdrawn due to a hip injury, that Rafael Nadal is tired of being the voice of the players’ grievances, that Juan Martín del Potro understands the reaction to […]

Getting Ready For The Oz (Part 2)

Getting Ready For The Oz (Part 2)

I started this pre-Australian Open part with the two warm-up tournaments that are played this week, but there are also exhibition tournaments that are quite known and to which many good players are taking part. Although in some cases, we really mean “exhibition”.

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 […]

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 […]

The Return Of The Djoker

The Return Of The Djoker

Novak Djokovic played today his first match since his five-week layoff caused by a bad back injury. However, he only started training seriously last week and it showed quite a bit against a very inspired Xavier Malisse, that Djokovic defeated with great difficulty 6-2 4-6 7-5, in the first round of the Basel Open.   […]

The Two Best In The Shanghai Final

The Two Best In The Shanghai Final

There are some tournaments for which it’s easier to say than for others and the Shanghai Rolex Masters is definitely one of them (as were, for example, the Masters 1000 of Rome and Madrid). Tomorrow’s final, in Shanghai, will be between the two best players this week. Seeing their amazing level of play throughout the […]

The Day Of The Youngsters In Shanghai

The Day Of The Youngsters In Shanghai

If some of the Tour’s veterans had good wins today at the Shanghai Masters 1000, it was, however, a day marked by the great performance of the youngsters, either with great wins or because they illustrated themselves despite the loss. Three of those matches involving the young guns were first round matches, the other being […]

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