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Davis Cup – Argentina So Close,...

The valiant team of Argentina

. We knew before the tie even started that it would be a near-impossible mission for Argentina to reach the final against Czech Republic, as much as we know that Davis Cup is a whole other ball game. Without Juan Martín del Potro, who did not want to play Davis Cup this year to put […]

Djokovic, Nadal, Murray, and Berdych ...

Argentina's and Czech Republic's n°1 singles players for their semifinal tie (Photo: Prensa AAT)

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, […]

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 […]

Australian Open – Day 1 Roundup

Mikhail Youzhny

  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.

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 […]

Weekly Roundup: Ferrer Ties Emerson I...

David Ferrer

  The week preceding a Grand Slam is not, by essence, the busiest week of the season as far as the number of tournaments played is concerned. It doesn’t, however, mean that what happens in those tournaments is not be memorable.   This week was no different, as a record was tied in Auckland and […]

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 […]

Only A Second This Season

Only A Second This Season

  The Shanghai Rolex Masters quarter-finals were completed this Friday, and set a rare combination of semi-finals between the top four seeds for this season. The only other time it happened in either a Masters 1000 or a Grand Slam, this year, was at the Australian Open.   However, it was only fitting that the […]

Tokyo Finalists Ousted In Shanghai

Tokyo Finalists Ousted In Shanghai

    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 […]

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 […]

Davis Cup: Argentina vs Czech Republi...

Davis Cup: Argentina vs Czech Republic – Emotional First Day

  There were a lot of emotions in Parque Roca on Friday, during the first day of the semi-final tie opposing Argentina to Czech Republic. After all the uncertainty surrounding the presence of Argentina’s n° 1 player, Juan Martín del Potro, suffering from a left wrist injury, and his confirmation that he would play “for […]

Tommy Haas: At The Highest Level

Tommy Haas: At The Highest Level

  When he underwent two surgeries (hip and elbow) a month apart in the beginning of 2010, at the age of 31, many were those who deemed that the career of former World no 2 Tommy Haas was coming to en end. After all, haven’t we seen players like Guga Kuerten and Fernando González unable […]

Tanking vs Tired

Tanking vs Tired

  Since yesterday, I have seen two players being accused of tanking their opening match at the Masters 1000 of Toronto, and I can’t stand there without saying anything, especially after having seen both matches, and knowing where both players come from.

Marathons

Marathons

    The last two days were, without a doubt, quite eventful at the London Olympics. With the rain playing again a little of a part in the proceedings, of course, but with two record-breaking marathon matches, and one huge surprise along the way.

Upsets, Injuries, An Eventful First D...

Upsets, Injuries, An Eventful First Day In Wimbledon

    “Whew!”   That was about my reaction when the last matches still going on were announced suspended due to darkness, near 4PM this afternoon. The day has been a whirlwind such as only the first few days of a Grand Slam can bring. Although somehow, with four retirements (only on the men’s side, […]

German Hail, Italian Whine, Nice Rain...

German Hail, Italian Whine, Nice Rained Out

It is safe to say that today has been one of the freakiest days of the season so far, as the day in every tournament on schedule has seen matches postponed due to the weather conditions. If, in Düsseldorf, it was only the end of the last match of the day (the doubles match between […]

Ciao Roma!

Ciao Roma!

The Madrid Open will reach its conclusion tomorrow in a final worthy of the best indoor hard court matches and will oppose Roger Federer, aiming for his 10th clay court title and 20th Masters shield overall (did I mention that he and Rafa are into a very nice battle for them this season?), and Tomas […]

Davis Cup – What A Weekend! (3)

Davis Cup – What A Weekend! (3)

From Spain’s nearly routine home win and the United States surprising France on the Monte Carlo clay, to relating at length today the agony and the joy of those following the Argentina vs Croatia tie, leaving no room for the last one. The Davis Cup tie between the Czech Republic and Serbia was also a […]

Davis Cup – Bring On The Clay! (2)

Davis Cup – Bring On The Clay! (2)

Yesterday, I started my World Group preview for the Davis Cup quarter-finals with the tie opposing Spain and Austria, and that between France and the United States. Before hopping to the draws and schedule for the weekend, I will preview the last two ties, Argentina vs Croatia, and Czech Republic vs Serbia.   The order […]

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 […]

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