Monthly Archives: April 2013

Twenty years on: A tennis tragedy remembered

TweetHamburg, April 30, 1993. Twenty years ago today Monica Seles let out a scream that bloodcurdlingly eclipsed the scream we were used to, that infamous scream which she unleashed along with her two handed strokes. This scream would become even more notorious, ripping through the stadium as devastatingly as her ground strokes ripped through the […]

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Nadal knocks up Barcelona win number eight.

TweetWhen Nicolas Amalgro broke Nadal twice to lead 3-0 in the Barcelona final, hopes were high that a match which had all the potential excitement of the drizzly Barcelona day might produce something more akin to the Barcelona climate typical of this time of year, sunny and sweat-drenched. Perhaps this could be the type of […]

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Maria licks Li Na in Stuttgart final

TweetNo, Maria is not doing an impression of the infamous Titanic scene in the above photo. She had, though, just done a quite fine impression of a powerful machine cruising through a sea of red clay. But, unlike the case of the ill-fated Titanic, the iceberg in Maria’s way, Li Na, melted when it looked […]

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Novak ends Nadal’s Monte Carlo streak

Djokovic

TweetThe championship match in Monte Carlo between eight time defending Champion Rafael Nadal and world number one Novak Djokovic would answer an important question for tennis fans worldwide : was Rafael Nadal, the winner of three of his last four tournaments since his comeback from a seven month lay-off, really back to his best? Pre-Monte […]

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Nadal nudges past Dimitrov in three

TweetRafael Nadal just nudged past an inspired opponent in Grigor Dimitrov in the quarter-finals of the Monte Carlo Open. Nadal, as he was expected to do, took the first set. But the Bulgarian did not go away. Dimitrov’s strategy of pulling Nadal in with his slice and then passing him at the net, coupled with […]

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Wawrinka waves off Murray 6-2, 6-1

TweetStanislas Wawrinka is somewhat notorious for not putting away the ‘big four’ when he has his chances. Few tennis fans will forget his missed opportunity against Novak Djokovic in the last sixteen of the Australian Open. On that day his superb single handed backhand and his attacking game were on full display but, crucially, not […]

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Dimitrov claims second top ten scalp

TweetGrigor Dimitrov beat Janko Tipsarevic 7-6, 6-1 in the second round of Monte Carlo. It was the Bulgarian’s second top ten win after his victory over Berdych in Miami last season. Incidentally, it was Tipsarevic who beat him after that breakthrough win. But this time, matters were in the Bulgarian’s favor. Dimitrov has been moving […]

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Isner’s serve and forehand in fine form as he wins in Houston

TweetIsner playing well on clay? It doesn’t look right, does it? But in Sunday’s Houston final against Amalgro, right is exactly how it looked. Sunday’s final showed that the Isner game, the huge serve and the formidable forehand, can win on any surface when on. These two weapons are two of the biggest in the […]

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Serena, the late bloomer, wins in Charleston.

TweetJust as she dropped the first set to Sharapova in Miami, Serena did the same to Jankovic in the Charleston final. Just as she had been in Miami, Serena had been caught off-guard by her opponent’s great form and hurt by her own early malaise. However, just as she had in Miami, Serena came back […]

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Ferrer says sorry as he fluffs Match point against Murray in Miami final

Tweet‘I’m sorry’, said David Ferrer as he gave his runner-up speech after the 2013 Miami final. Well, at least he apologized, we thought. We wondered if Murray would apologize, too. And what about the ATP? Were they going to step up, hold their hands up and admit wrong-doing? Weren’t they guiltier than anyone? After all, […]

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