The first week of the Australian Open is now a thing of the past and we had to wait until Day 6 to get the first huge surprise of the men’s singles draw.
First of all, I would like to apologise for not having done a roundup of Day 2. I will not say “It won’t happen again” because it is always possible that it will happen again before the end of the Australian Open. Nevertheless, some very interesting things happened in the second day, including […]
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), […]
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.
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 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 […]
The round-of-16 matches are now completed in Wimbledon and the quarter-finals are set. Andy Murray is the only top player who will face a fellow Top 10 (World no 5 David Ferrer). All the others are facing rivals outside of the top 20, even though they are all seeded.
The weather forecast for today was all but bright, as rain was on the menu of Wimbledon’s Manic Monday. Already, when the schedule came out on Saturday, many eyebrows were raised in question, especially regarding the matches on Centre Court. Most knew that a match like Andy Murray vs Marin Cilic, or Juan Martín […]
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 – […]
If 2011 was first and foremost marked by the tremendous year of Novak Djokovic, it was also marked by the rise of several young players who, by their performances, gave us a glimpse of what the next few years may bring us. There were some who impressed at one time or another throughout the year […]
As there were only two first-round matches on Sunday, last night/this morning marked the official beginning of the Shanghai Masters 1000, penultimate Masters 1000 of the year, and we cannot say that it was a surprising day. In fact, the only “surprise” came from Bernard Tomic, who defeated Kevin Anderson in three grueling sets, 7-6(5) […]