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Roger Federer: “I kind of feel ...

Still an image we are not used to seeing so early in Grand Slams...

A wave of shock hit the tennis world yesterday when, after a very lengthy rain delay, former World n°1 Roger Federer was knocked out of the U.S. Open by 19th seed Tommy Robredo, 7-6(3) 6-3 6-4, in the round-of-16. It is not so much the defeat in itself rather than the way it happened that […]

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 […]

Australian Open – Seven Familiar Face...

Jérémy Chardy

  The first semi-finalists of the Australian Open 2013 are known and if it is without surprise that Novak Djokovic almost “routined” Tomaš Berdych, with the exception of a dropped second set (6-1 4-6 6-1 6-4), David Ferrer has been led a more than merry chase by Nicolás Almagro, who not once, but three times […]

Australian Open – Breaking Down Diffe...

Photo: AP

  Before the start of Day 1, I previewed what would be the heartbreak matches, and the popcorn encounters, of the top half, which started the tournament. I will repeat the exercise today, just before Day 2 begins. However, considering my prediction record for the first day, I will (try  to) refrain from making any.

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 […]

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.

Beyond Mere Sport

Roger Federer shaking hands with Diego Amuy of BATennis.com

  Roger Federer continues his South American exhibition tour with a visit to Buenos Aires, where he arrived late yesterday evening.     The lateness of the hour (it was around 22:00 local time when the Swiss came out of the airport to greet the fans), the multiple delays in the time of Federer’s arrival, […]

He’s Back!

David Nalbandian's classic trademark: his wonderful two-handed backhand (Photo: Hans Rhule Fotografía)

  Most players are in their pre-season right now, gearing up slowly but surely for 2013, which incidentally starts on 30th December, with the players taking part in the tournaments in Brisbane, Doha, and Chennai having to travel on Christmas if they want to make it (so no such thing as celebrating the Holidays for […]

A 2012 Review – The Year Of The...

Photo: Bet-at-Home Open

  Throughout the season, even though the young guns have made some noise, the players that really stood out the most were, in my view, the veterans, especially the players of 30 years or more, some of whom having had a season many players would really envy them.

A 2012 Review – Player Of The Y...

Photo: Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP

  The tennis season came to a close on the ATP Tour (as there are still Challenger and Futures events going on) last Sunday when the Czech Republic was crowned Davis Cup champion after a thrilling and very dramatic 100th final against Spain, and if there is one thing to say about 2012, it is […]

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 […]

Bizarre Scheduling In London

Bizarre Scheduling In London

  The ATP World Tour Finals are in full swing and if there is something that can be said, it is that the last two days of the round robin have a pretty peculiar scheduling, especially as far as the singles are concerned.   In Group A, it is a little less obvious, as there […]

ATP World Tour Finals – The Eig...

ATP World Tour Finals – The Eight Singles Players Are Known

  The round-of-16 of the BNP Paribas Masters put an end to the Race to determine which players will take part in the ATP World Tour Finals (WTF), which start next Monday in London.   By defeating Nicolás Almagro 7-6(4) 7-6(3), Jo-Wilfried Tsonga ended the last possibility for him or Janko Tipsarevic not to enter […]

A Great Weekend For Argentina

A Great Weekend For Argentina

  Four titles in two days: that was Argentina’s tennis weekend, starting Saturday with the Girls’ 12 & Under team winning the South American championship in Lima and the boys being runner-ups. Then came a succession of three men’s titles, one in each category of professional tournaments (one on Saturday, two on Sunday), to cap […]

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 […]

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.

Rare Feat In Shanghai

Rare Feat In Shanghai

    John Isner is a player who must be getting used to being one half of an epic match (his opponent being the other). Today, he was once again involved in one of those matches of which the result is a rare, and rather exceptional, feat.

Slimming Chances (And Shanghai Result...

Slimming Chances (And Shanghai Results)

  If the two ATP500 events of last week finally put an end to the Race tie between Juan Mónaco and Richard Gasquet, who are now five points apart in favour of the Argentine, the Masters 1000 of Shanghai will be just as determining for the players who are still in contention for a spot […]

Kei Nishikori And Mike Bryan Make His...

Kei Nishikori And Mike Bryan Make History

  In the wee hours of the day on this side of the planet, the tournaments in Tokyo and Beijing reached their conclusion, and two of the finals that were played wrote new pages in the history books, with the wins of Kei Nishikori (in Tokyo) and Mike Bryan (in Beijing).

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