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Australian Open – Breaking Down Diffe...

Photo: Paul Zimmer/Martin Sidorjak

  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 article breaks down the Australian Open draw a little differently.   Part 2 – Those veterans who haven’t said their last word The trend started in 2012. They should […]

Big Kickoff To 2013

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  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 […]

Bad News For David Ferrer

Bad News For David Ferrer

  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 […]

Surprise In Rome, (Brief) Challengers...

Surprise In Rome, (Brief) Challengers News, A Magician In Brazil

Main draw action started today in Rome, where six first-round matches were played on top of the last seven qualifying matches. If Paolo Lorenzi defeating Nikolay Davydenko was a half surprise considering how good the Italian is on clay, I got particularly wrong in my prediction regarding Milos Raonic. 

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 […]

Indian Wells – Bring The Round-...

Indian Wells – Bring The Round-Of-16! (1)

The third round of the BNP Paribas Open was completed yesterday, although it started on the wrong foot with the announcement of yet another pull-out caused by the gastro-intestinal virus, that of Nikolay Davydenko, which gave Thomaz Bellucci a direct entrance to the round-of-16. This means that the virus was really kind of profitable for […]

Australian Open – Day 1 Wrapup:...

Australian Open – Day 1 Wrapup: The Five-Setter Day And The Rising Star

If there is one thing that we can say about the first day of the Australian Open, it is that it was all but boring. High drama, incredible shotmaking, Australian heat and tricky conditions were part of what the day brought us, along with a few upsets, some more surprising than others. The first day […]

Australian Open – Breaking Down...

Australian Open – Breaking Down The Draw (Part 1) – Edited Due To Withdrawal

The first Grand Slam tournament of the year starts in the early evening Sunday for us and as the singles draw was made on Friday morning (Australian time), taking an extra day for analysis (I admit, out of sheer laziness) gave me time to see who qualified and where they fell in the draw, thus […]

Pull-outs, Retirements, Injury Scares...

Pull-outs, Retirements, Injury Scares: 2012 Starts With 2011’s Bad Karma

As far as injuries were concerned, 2011 had a bad karma in the tennis world. Apparently, 2012 is determined to start the same way. After the pre-season pull-outs that I have listed last week, Somdev Devvarman pulled out of the Chennai event due to a shoulder injury yesterday. He was replaced by lucky loser Édourad […]

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 […]

A 2011 Review, Part 4 – The Year Of T...

A 2011 Review, Part 4 – The Year Of The Returns (2)

I started the last part of my yearly review, yesterday, with the great comeback of Argentine Juan Martín Del Potro, the best comeback we’ve seen this season in the ATP. However, his was not the only great comeback, as two others caught my attention and that of many tennis fans: those of Russian Dmitry Tursunov […]

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

A 2011 Review, Part 3 – The Year Of The Resurgence (2)

As part of my 2011 tennis review, I started yesterday with the players we did not expect seeing where they actually ended up. After reviewing the year of Alex Bogomolov Jr and Janko Tipsarevic, the second part will focus on Mardy Fish, Feliciano López and Radek Stepanek. Tomorrow will focus on two last players, even […]

A 2011 Review, Part 2 – The Rev...

A 2011 Review, Part 2 – The Revelations

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 […]

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.

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.   […]

Big Week Coming

Big Week Coming

After two weeks of ATP250 tournaments, we are nearing the end of the season, with the last ATP500 tournaments in Basel and Valencia, then the last Masters 1000 in Paris (week of 7 November) and, finally, the ATP World Tour Finals in London (week of 20 November) and the Davis Cup final (2-4 December).   […]

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