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Marathons

Marathons

    The last two days were, without a doubt, quite eventful at the London Olympics. With the rain playing again a little of a part in the proceedings, of course, but with two record-breaking marathon matches, and one huge surprise along the way.

Surprises, Frights, Heartbreaking Los...

Surprises, Frights, Heartbreaking Losses: The Olympics Start At Full Gear (1)

  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 […]

Upsets, Injuries, An Eventful First D...

Upsets, Injuries, An Eventful First Day In Wimbledon

    “Whew!”   That was about my reaction when the last matches still going on were announced suspended due to darkness, near 4PM this afternoon. The day has been a whirlwind such as only the first few days of a Grand Slam can bring. Although somehow, with four retirements (only on the men’s side, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Davis Cup – What A Weekend! (3)

Davis Cup – What A Weekend! (3)

From Spain’s nearly routine home win and the United States surprising France on the Monte Carlo clay, to relating at length today the agony and the joy of those following the Argentina vs Croatia tie, leaving no room for the last one. The Davis Cup tie between the Czech Republic and Serbia was also a […]

Davis Cup – Bring On The Clay! (2)

Davis Cup – Bring On The Clay! (2)

Yesterday, I started my World Group preview for the Davis Cup quarter-finals with the tie opposing Spain and Austria, and that between France and the United States. Before hopping to the draws and schedule for the weekend, I will preview the last two ties, Argentina vs Croatia, and Czech Republic vs Serbia.   The order […]

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 – High Quality Qua...

Indian Wells – High Quality Quarters (1)

Since the beginning of the BNP Paribas Open, we were treated to a lot of drama. From the now famous BNP Parasite (i.e. the gastro-intestinal virus that has been plaguing the tournament and made another victim yesterday – Mike Bryan, forcing the twins’ pull-out before their quarter-finals match, thus making it yet another year to […]

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 […]

Australian Open – May The Quart...

Australian Open – May The Quarters Begin!

The last eight are known and except for one huge surprise, we cannot say that they have really been unpredictable.   As I had decided to take a day off yesterday (it happens), today will be an overview of the quarter-finals, including round-of-16 match recap, starting with the bottom half, as they are the first […]

Australian Open – Day 5 Wrap-Up: The ...

Australian Open – Day 5 Wrap-Up: The Future Of The Game?

There was a lot of action in the first half of the third round tonight and if the first few matches were, I must say, a little boring, the match of the day really delivered as far as the show and quality of the play was concerned. However, the match between Bernard Tomic and Alexandr Dolgopolov (15) […]

Australian Open – Breaking Down...

Australian Open – Breaking Down The Draw (Part 1) – Edited Due To Withdrawal

The first Grand Slam tournament of the year starts in the early evening Sunday for us and as the singles draw was made on Friday morning (Australian time), taking an extra day for analysis (I admit, out of sheer laziness) gave me time to see who qualified and where they fell in the draw, thus […]

Getting Ready For The Oz (Part 2)

Getting Ready For The Oz (Part 2)

I started this pre-Australian Open part with the two warm-up tournaments that are played this week, but there are also exhibition tournaments that are quite known and to which many good players are taking part. Although in some cases, we really mean “exhibition”.

A 2011 Review, Part 4 – The Year Of T...

A 2011 Review, Part 4 – The Year Of The Returns (2)

I started the last part of my yearly review, yesterday, with the great comeback of Argentine Juan Martín Del Potro, the best comeback we’ve seen this season in the ATP. However, his was not the only great comeback, as two others caught my attention and that of many tennis fans: those of Russian Dmitry Tursunov […]

A 2011 Review, Part 3 – The Year Of T...

A 2011 Review, Part 3 – The Year Of The Resurgence (3)

If you remember, a couple of days ago, I started talking about the players who had known some kind of resurgence throughout the 2011 season. I should say those who have improved to the point of reaching, this season, their best career results. I started this part with Alex Bogomolov Jr and Janko Tipsarevic, then […]

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