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Close Call

Close Call

    While a lot of the tennis world was still shaking its head over the great shock of Rafael Nadal’s early exit (and, of course, of the completely insane level of Lukas Rosol, particularly in the fifth set), it seemed that drama was again on the agenda on Wimbledon’s Centre Court today, as Roger […]

Utter Shock

Utter Shock

    I will not say “Lukas who?” as I’ve read in some places. I know well who Lukas Rosol is. Some data: Rosol was nearly triple bageled by Philipp Petzschner in Melbourne earlier this year and, up until this year, had never won a match in Wimbledon. In fact, he had lost in the […]

A First And Salvation On Grass

A First And Salvation On Grass

  Before jumping head first into Wimbledon, its draw, and everything surrounding the most traditional tournament of the season, the last two warm-up grass tournaments concluded today with two happy winners, although for different reasons. One of them realized a first in the ATP this season, and the other found salvation on one of his […]

Underestimated?

Underestimated?

There are some players who, despite their ranking, are often overlooked (sometimes even by major tournament organizers). They may not be the most flamboyant, or the most talented, but they are among the elite at what they are doing and they deserve the credit they are due.

The Man Of The Many Records

The Man Of The Many Records

  There’s this saying in French that applies very well to this post: à tout seigneur, tout honneur. I wanted to talk about those veterans that, in view of first-round losses, were pushed to retirement by fans and some media alike, but the one veteran that captured everyone’s attention, today, is Roger Federer. Not talking […]

Eight Men, One Woman, Same Fate: Toug...

Eight Men, One Woman, Same Fate: Tough Draw

    The French Open is starting tomorrow, and with the draw coming out yesterday, the first thing I noticed was how bad the draw was for the Argentinean players. Well, the same can be said about the Colombians, as there are two in the main draw (Santiago Giraldo and Alejandro Falla) and the draw […]

Confidence Restored?

Confidence Restored?

I remember writing it last year: there is not one challenge that Rafael Nadal sets himself that he doesn’t overcome. His challenge, since April 2011, but especially since Rome 2011, has been to finally overcome Novak Djokovic. Credit to the Serbian for denting so the confidence of such a mental giant as Nadal. It takes […]

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 […]

Surprises In Rome

Surprises In Rome

If the return to red clay had come rather smoothly and without surprises since Monday, it was definitely not the case over the last two days, as Italy has got themselves a new hero, the fourth Musketeer fell (and well into jeers in that wake), a veteran realized a dream, and two players suffered tough […]

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. 

Man In Blue

Man In Blue

I am saying it for starters: I will not have the Madrid blues. This court has been a hazard all week and if Roger Federer and Tomas Berdych were, on the men’s side, the ones who adapted better to the surface, for the Swiss, it came with a price: he suffered a hip injury during […]

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 […]

Wave Of Shock In Smurfland

Wave Of Shock In Smurfland

I cannot remember when Rafael Nadal has squandered a two-break lead on clay in a deciding set before. Today, however, he did. Up 5-2 in the third set against Fernando Verdasco, against whom he was on a stretch of 13 consecutive wins, he lost his advantage and in the end, it’s the Madrid native who […]

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 […]

Right Place, Wrong Time

Right Place, Wrong Time

The Barcelona Open final made me think a lot about the injustice of being David Ferrer in the actual tennis world. Sunday’s final was the fourth the gritty Spaniard was playing in the Catalan city. All four times, his opponent was Rafael Nadal, and all four times, including this one, he fought a mighty fight […]

Great Milestone For Rafa In Monte Car...

Great Milestone For Rafa In Monte Carlo

The Monte Carlo Rolex Masters brought us so many bad news and injuries that I jump on the occasion to celebrate a happy event happening in the course of the tournament. No ranting about the surface, no injury talk, just Monte Carlo happiness for tonight.

Important Milestone In Houston

Important Milestone In Houston

It’s a bit of a slower week for most of us after the emotions of another great Davis Cup weekend (about which you can read my series of summaries here: part 1 (Spain and USA), part 2 (Argentina), and part 3 (Czech Republic)). Nevertheless, there are still good tournaments to follow in the ATP250 events of Houston […]

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.

Miami Surprises

Miami Surprises

The Sony Ericsson Open will end in a few hours with a men’s final that isn’t all too strange for us: a meeting between no 4 Andy Murray and no 1 Novak Djokovic. However, there have been a few surprises throughout the tournament, even though the final will oppose two of the four best players […]

Indian Wells – Record Title For...

Indian Wells – Record Title For Roger Federer (Twice)

It was not the final that, at the beginning of the tournament, most thought we would see. Throughout the last nearly two weeks, the BNP Paribas Open provided us with many surprises, two of which came in the semi-finals. This gave us the unexpected final I was writing about yesterday and again today, as a […]

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