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Djokovic and Nadal: the Fight for the...

Nadal and Djokovic are into a fight for the number one spot of the ATP rankings.

The ATP500 tournament of Beijing has started today and the talk, this week, is whether or not Rafael Nadal will overtake the top of the rankings from Novak Djokovic. Whether? No. When. First of all, we have to make one thing certain: the change of the guard on top of the ATP World Tour rankings […]

Opinion – Koellerer Lashes Out ...

He might be suspended for life, but Daniel Koellerer still talks, and a lot.
(Photo: Getty Images)

He was perhaps banned for life by the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) for match-fixing, but Daniel Koellerer continues to talk, and to talk a lot. This time, he lashed out on Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer, particularly on the former, accusing him of doping: “Let’s take Rafael Nadal. It’s not possible that he tested negative. […]

Davis Cup – Playoff Ties to Wat...

Borna Coric, Andy Murray

The Davis Cup World Group playoffs are starting today, as Israel asked, and was granted, that the tie be played Thursday, Friday, Sunday with a rest on Saturday due to Yom Kippur, a very important Jewish holiday. For the occasion, and because yours, truly is a Davis Cup lover, we offer you an overview of […]

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, […]

Novak Djokovic and the 54-Shot Rallie...

Novak Djokovic (Getty Images)

. Among the various impressive points that yesterday’s U.S. Open final has given us, one of them had been labelled by some “the longest rally of all-time”, a 54-shot rally with Novak Djokovic leading Rafael Nadal 3-2 in the second set, and which gave the Serbian his first break of the set. However, was it […]

Nadal vs Djokovic, Chapter XXXVII ...

Nadal vs Djokovic XXXVII

The first ball of the 37th meeting between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will be hit shortly after 17:00 today, in Flushing Meadows, as this Monday marks the end of the U.S. Open. For the occasion, we should be treated to another battle royale between the two best players in the world. An Open Era […]

U.S. Open Semis – Stars Against...

Can Wawrinka and Gasquet prevent another meeting between Dajokovic and Nadal? 
(Original photos: Getty Images; Montage: BATennis World)

The U.S. Open men’s semifinals will get under way, today, under the New York sun, at noon sharp, and will oppose the two best players in the world to two of the tournament’s surprises. [1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs [9] Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) Head-to-head: Djokovic leads 12-2 Last meeting: 2013 Australian Open, round-of-16 Djokovic won […]

Opinion – First And Last Word O...

Nadal

The Wimbledon seeds came out yesterday, and to say that there have been upset people is an understatement. Why were some people upset? Because the tournament did not boost Rafael Nadal to being fourth seed, deciding to apply their formula to all the players. Before I go in depth as to why respecting the formula […]

Like A Dream

Horacio Zeballos

  On Sunday, many were those who thought that Rafael Nadal, who was coming back from a seven-month injury layoff due to his recurrent knee issues, would make short work of Horacio Zeballos in the VTR Open final.   However, it was clear from the beginning that the Argentine had taken the court with absolutely […]

Opinion – Apparently, Another G...

Andy Murray

  I do not wish to come back on the Australian Open final strictly in terms of analysis, and this for a simple reason: there would not be much to say but the usual clichés.   This said, I would like to sincerely congratulate Novak Djokovic on a very deserved sixth major, fourth Australian Open […]

Golden Era

Bob Bryan, Mike Bryan

  There is very little doubt it people’s minds that men’s tennis is currently in a golden era. When the men’s game has the best player of all times in Roger Federer, and the best clay court player of all times in Rafael Nadal, it is very difficult to think otherwise, especially since those two […]

Opinion – A Rule To Accommodate...

Opinion – A Rule To Accommodate A Star?

  In its 2013 rulebook, the ATP World Tour came up with a modification to the logo usage rule, and this one seems, at first glance, made to accommodate a top player more than anything else.   Among various modifications to the previous rule, including the number of sponsor patches allowed, wearing a sponsor patch […]

Slammin’

Photo: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

The Top 4 reigned supreme on the Grand Slams in 2012, but many want to add their name to that glorious list in 2013.

Rafael Nadal Pulls Out Of The Austral...

Rafael Nadal did not waste much time to defeat his countryman Marcel Granollers and book his spot in the round-of-16 (Photo: Harry How/Getty Images)

  After missing the last six months due to a knee injury, Rafael Nadal was set to make his very awaited comeback at the Abu Dhabi exhibition tournament. However, a twist in the plot came in the form of a stomach virus, which forced him to withdraw from the event. His presence in Doha, next […]

600 Wins, 300 Weeks: Two Milestones I...

600 Wins, 300 Weeks: Two Milestones In Shanghai

  Two players reached important milestones this Thursday at the Shanghai Rolex Masters. In fact, one player reached it, while the other ensured himself to reach it no matter what happens in the matches left for the tournament.

Season Likely Over For Rafael Nadal

Season Likely Over For Rafael Nadal

    In the wee hours of the morning, at least for those of us in North America who were, for the most part, still asleep (except for those recovering from the very late finish that saw John Isner lose another five-setter this season in a Grand Slam – all his Grand Slam defeats this […]

U.S. Open – Any Other Favourite...

U.S. Open – Any Other Favourite?

  The U.S. Open starts tomorrow, and if the Masters 1000 of Toronto and Cincinnati are any indication, the favourites for the title are not very original: world n° 1 Roger Federer and world n° 2 (and defending champion) Novak Djokovic. If the former has a very nice draw, the same can be said for […]

The Woes Of A Quick Surface Change

The Woes Of A Quick Surface Change

  All the players who took part in the later stages of the Olympic Games had to face, in a very short time span, the woes of going from grass to hard courts.   For instance, those who competed in the men’s doubles finals and Bronze medal match finished on Saturday, and had little to […]

Tennis Is Getting Ready For The Games

Tennis Is Getting Ready For The Games

    The miracle rejuvenating grass cure undergone by the Wimbledon groundsman, Neil Stubley, and his team worked wonders: the courts are now completely back to pre-Wimbledon green, save a few patches on Centre Court.

Adding To His Own Legend

Adding To His Own Legend

    Seventh for 17th for 75th for 286th week at number 1. If we could summarize in numbers Roger Federer’s triumph at Wimbledon, this Sunday, it would be as such. His record-tying seventh Wimbledon title, which is his record-enhancing 17th Grand Slam title and his 75th total career title, which brings him back to […]

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