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One Step Away From The Dream

Frank Dancevic

  Canada caused, without a doubt, the biggest surprise of the first day of the Davis Cup. If Spain came with a team deprived of its best elements, it remained the favourite, as all of their players, at least in singles, were higher-ranked than all of the local players, with the exception of Milos Raonic.

Australian Open – Day 4 Roundup

Photo: AP/Tennis Australia, Fiona Hamilton

  It was a hot scorching day at Melbourne Park and with temperatures that reached 41°C, four matches (out of 16) went to the limit of five sets, one of which having for result a player getting back to the locker room, having a full body cramp, and ending up on a stretcher with an […]

The Slighted One(s)

The Slighted One(s)

  There are times when one wonders why some players have great standing but are always slighted. When I was writing about the bizarre ATP World Tour Finals (WTF) schedule, yesterday, I never thought that what I thought might happen would, indeed, happen.   Once again, one of the best players in the world was […]

Weekly Roll Of Honour

Weekly Roll Of Honour

  There were four ATP250 tournaments this week, as well as a few Challenger Tour events and going back on all of them would take considerable time. For this reason, I will stop on a few players who, to me, marked the week for a reason or another.

Mutua Madrid Open – Finally Som...

Mutua Madrid Open – Finally Something Positive About The Blue!

A few days ago, I was talking about how much the players hated the surface in Madrid. Well, true, it’s the same every year as the Mutua Madrid Open has about one of the worst surfaces on Tour according to the players. I don’t know how much the problems they face this year have to […]

Davis Cup – What A Weekend! (1)

Davis Cup – What A Weekend! (1)

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 […]

Davis Cup – Bring On The Clay! ...

Davis Cup – Bring On The Clay! (1)

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.

Indian Wells – High Quality Quarters ...

Indian Wells – High Quality Quarters (2)

If yesterday’s quarter-final matches were high quality indeed, the ones played today will definitely be high voltage quarters. Starting at 4PM ET, tennis fans will be treated to what, on paper, will be the best quarter-finals this Masters 1000 could offer. If one of the matchups became quite redundant (and a bit of an ordeal to […]

Indian Wells – Bring The Round-...

Indian Wells – Bring The Round-Of-16! (2)

The bottom half really brought interesting matches yesterday, as you can see with an analysis in two parts (and the fact that we were able to see all the singles matches). You can find the first part here, and the top half analysis here (from yesterday).   Rafael Nadal vs Alexandr Dolgopolov Rafael Nadal made more […]

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 […]

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 […]

A 2011 Review, Part 4 – The Yea...

A 2011 Review, Part 4 – The Year Of The Returns (1)

As the last part of my 2011 season review, I decided to devote the post to the comebacks of the year. If the three players who will be featured here are obvious choices, it is because their return to form after long injury layoffs was absolutely great. The fact that one of them was not […]

A 2011 Review, Part 3 – The Year Of T...

A 2011 Review, Part 3 – The Year Of The Resurgence (3)

If you remember, a couple of days ago, I started talking about the players who had known some kind of resurgence throughout the 2011 season. I should say those who have improved to the point of reaching, this season, their best career results. I started this part with Alex Bogomolov Jr and Janko Tipsarevic, then […]

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 […]

A Definite Davis Cup Feeling

A Definite Davis Cup Feeling

The semi-finals of the Valencia Open, which will be played tomorrow, cannot be closer than the last moments we’ll live this tennis season, except perhaps because only two of the protagonists have the chance to meet at that moment. And yet, this week, they can only meet in Sunday’s final.

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