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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 […]

What’s In An Exo?

What’s In An Exo?

  “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet.”   So wrote Shakespeare in Romeo And Juliet. Right now, the tennis version of this question should really be, “What’s in an exo?” Is there anything more to results in an exhibition match than there really is? […]

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 […]

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 […]

Davis Cup – What A Weekend! (1)

Davis Cup – What A Weekend! (1)

If one thing can be said about this Davis Cup weekend, it’s that it will be hard to forget. For the first time since 2005, the four quarter-finals in the World Group have been decided on Sunday. Although the suspense wasn’t great in two of the ties on deciding day, the two others seemed, at […]

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 […]

Fine Analysts

Fine Analysts

We cannot say it’s the case for all the players, but a lot of them are very fine analysts of their own game and that of their opponents when questioned about it during interviews, which always makes for interesting listen or read.   For example, last month in Buenos Aires, I had the chance to […]

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 […]

Indian Wells – With A Feel Of R...

Indian Wells – With A Feel Of Revenge? Not Necessarily

Today’s singles final at the BP Paribas Open is, indeed, the one no one expected and will oppose Roger Federer and John Isner. If the head-to-head slightly favours the Swiss (2-1), their last encounter was a four-set win of the American, on clay, in the first round of the Davis Cup at the beginning of […]

Indian Wells – Totally Unexpect...

Indian Wells – Totally Unexpected!

When I did my semi-final predictions today, I wrote that we would have yet another final between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. I will not hide from it, as the odds really favoured them. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who made such a prediction. And who ended up wrong.   Tomorrow’s final […]

Indian Wells – Predictable Semi...

Indian Wells – Predictable Semis?

Considering who were in the quarter-finals, the identity of the semi-finalists isn’t too much of a surprise, as they are the four best-ranked players left in the field. This said, the semi-finals in themselves should be, in my mind, just as predictable as far as the matter of who will reach the final is concerned. […]

Indian Wells – High Quality Quarters ...

Indian Wells – High Quality Quarters (2)

If yesterday’s quarter-final matches were high quality indeed, the ones played today will definitely be high voltage quarters. Starting at 4PM ET, tennis fans will be treated to what, on paper, will be the best quarter-finals this Masters 1000 could offer. If one of the matchups became quite redundant (and a bit of an ordeal to […]

Indian Wells – Bring The Round-...

Indian Wells – Bring The Round-Of-16! (1)

The third round of the BNP Paribas Open was completed yesterday, although it started on the wrong foot with the announcement of yet another pull-out caused by the gastro-intestinal virus, that of Nikolay Davydenko, which gave Thomaz Bellucci a direct entrance to the round-of-16. This means that the virus was really kind of profitable for […]

Indian Wells – Between Virus An...

Indian Wells – Between Virus And Doubles Drama

There is a virulent stomach virus going on in Indian Wells at the moment, which caused the pull-out and the retirement of many players, but also affects everyone there: players, linesmen, ball kids, journalists. No one is safe and we saw again retirements and pull-outs because of it yesterday, among which the 2010 French Open […]

Indian Wells – Did I Really Say...

Indian Wells – Did I Really Say “Without Surprises”?

The joy of tennis is when the time comes and you make absolutely wrong predictions. The less fun part of it is when it happens at the expense of a favourite. You can try and be as neutral as you can but it’s sometimes just too much (and if you follow me on Twitter, you […]

Indian Wells 2012 – Preview

Indian Wells 2012 – Preview

The 2012 Masters 1000 season is starting today with the beginning of the main draw action in the desert of Indian Wells, and if the main draw provides us as many surprises and drama as the qualifications have, we are in for a spectacular event. The draw, of course, helps making sure that drama we […]

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