The semi-finals have been completed in Tokyo and Beijing, the biggest surprise being Canadian Milos Raonic saving two match points to pull the upset against Andy Murray. Meanwhile, the main draw has been sorted in Shanghai, and we can only say that it will be an interesting tournament to follow, despite the absence […]
The Asian swing started in force, this week, despite the absence of the top 4. With the Race for one of the remaining spots of the ATP World Tour Finals (WTF) still going on strongly, most players still in contention took the occasion to grab precious points in their quest to qualify for the […]
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 […]
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 […]
The Olympics brought the consecration of five players, either for completing their Career Golden Slam or for winning an Olympic medal that was evading them.
Before turning my eyes to Toronto, it is of circumstance to give one last look at a great Olympic tournament, which has brought the consecration of some of the greats of the sport, the redemption/rebirth of some others and, all in all, has given us great emotions over the last nine days.
Many were those who thought that, given the surface, and who was facing whom, this match would be quite straightforward. There were probably not as many, but there were quite a few as well who hoped that it would be a very competitive match, even though the result, for most, seemed predictable. […]
Nerves, fatigue, injury, fight, dominance, serve, and on top of all, emotion: such was the menu of today’s men’s quarter-finals, where the places for the coveted medal matches were played. No surprises in any match, as the highest seed ended up the victor in each of them, all without dropping a set, two in […]
Eight men now remain in the Olympic singles tournament, and all from different countries: Argentina, France, Great Britain, Japan, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, and United States. At the end of the day, tomorrow, only four will remain and fight to bring Olympic glory home. Along the way, only two big surprises came along, the […]
Due to the rain, most matches scheduled on Sunday did not take place, or were suspended until today, which gave a full program of tennis to go through. Mother Nature complying, it was sunny all day and almost all the matches were completed, with the exception of a few doubles matches that were suspended […]
At many a party, there is someone who comes and crashes the whole thing for a spell. Wimbledon is no different and today, the unwanted guest was, as always, the rain, which delayed the start of the matches by more than an hour on the outside courts, then stopped them for three full […]
The first day of Olympic tennis competition was, without a doubt, full of emotions, surprises, frights, on both sides. What was assuredly the last time we saw David Nalbandian on an Olympic court, the early demises of Tomas Berdych, Li Na, and Sam Stosur, the epic win of David Ferrer and Feliciano López in […]
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.
There were four ATP250 tournaments this week, as well as a few Challenger Tour events and going back on all of them would take considerable time. For this reason, I will stop on a few players who, to me, marked the week for a reason or another.
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 […]
One celebrated his win with a fistpump and no effusions. No wagging fingers, very sober. The other was overcome by emotion, fighting back tears, pointing to the skies as has been his habit after each win this tournament. Both will fight for history on Sunday. Roger Federer and Andy Murray have set up […]
The round-of-16 matches are now completed in Wimbledon and the quarter-finals are set. Andy Murray is the only top player who will face a fellow Top 10 (World no 5 David Ferrer). All the others are facing rivals outside of the top 20, even though they are all seeded.
The weather forecast for today was all but bright, as rain was on the menu of Wimbledon’s Manic Monday. Already, when the schedule came out on Saturday, many eyebrows were raised in question, especially regarding the matches on Centre Court. Most knew that a match like Andy Murray vs Marin Cilic, or Juan Martín […]
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 […]
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 […]